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1(of a blow) delivered with the palm of the hand:‘an open-handed slap to the side of the face’
- ‘She punctuated her question with a sharp open-handed slap.’
- ‘Briant painted a picture of a meaningless post-pub altercation, an open-handed push, a momentary spat from which both parties walked away.’
- ‘It's an open-handed slap, but powered clear from the hips, and he absolutely staggers.’
- ‘If that fails, a strong, open-handed slap in the ear or mouth works pretty well.’
2Giving freely; generous:‘open-handed philanthropy’
generous, magnanimous, charitable, benevolent, beneficent, big-hearted, great-hearted, munificent, bountiful, liberal, handsome, princelyaltruistic, kind, kindly, philanthropic, chivalrous, noble, unselfish, selfless, self-sacrificing, generous to a fault, ungrudging, unstintingbounteousView synonyms
- ‘You are very open-handed in your aim to help your fellow man.’
- ‘Rich though he was, he had never been open-handed; but nothing was too fine for his wife, in the way of silks or gems or linen, or whatever else she fancied.’
- ‘The same open-handed policy applied to gooseberries which grew plentifully where I lived; but not to strawberries or plums, which were private property.’
- ‘Both these patriarchs fathered large families from a number of wives, both were intimately involved with the holy sanctuary of the Kaaba at Mecca and both were renowned for the open-handed generosity with which they cared for pilgrims.’
- ‘We have been pretty open-handed now in facilitating the development of Chinese technology even for military purposes.’
- ‘The more of it they produce, the greater will be society's admiration for them and the more open-handed will be the attitude of policymakers and taxpayers regarding their compensation.’
- ‘I would also like to thank Tim Barnett for his chairing, which was both fair and open-handed in its approach.’
- ‘Instead, he has had to stage impromptu press conferences to cope with a growing unease about how he would honour all the promissory notes he has been issuing in open-handed Texas style.’
- ‘It may already be too late to take the more open-handed British approach, and for reasons of self-preservation they may need to adopt an uncharacteristically guarded stance.’
- ‘The King's open-handed attitude to royal display also partly accounts for the style of masque costumes because, although he did not perform in masques himself, lavish expenditure on his clothes set a precedent at court.’
- ‘If, like me, you live and work in a big city, you may at first mistrust their open-handed friendliness.’
- ‘The construction industry is one of the biggest and most open-handed lobbyists in Japan, and dozens of politicians rely on its money for their re-election funds.’
- ‘And this open-handed warmth equally encompasses the friendly, obliging ship's crew.’
- ‘However, a participation rate of 100 percent is unrealistic, given that participation rates for even the most open-handed European programs are well below this maximum.’
- ‘The Viswarupa Darshan of Lord Krishna is marvellously brought out in the open-handed use of hushed but powerful tones of red, yellow, black and white.’
- ‘Armed with this knowledge that the museum is such an open-handed lender, I intend to drop by sometime myself to see what's on offer.’
- ‘That seems appropriate for a man who was, by all accounts, as quirky, gentle, open-handed, and sweet-tempered as his music.’
- ‘After the Argentinian invasion of the Falklands, US assistance for its British ally was far from instant or open-handed.’
- ‘I love our open-handed freedom, our democracy, our maverick humour and unflustered sense of a fair go.’
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