Definition of hand blow in US English:

hand blow

noun

  • A blow with the hand; a punch, a cuff. Frequently in "to come to hand blows": to come to hand-to-hand fighting (with or without weapons).

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Underdowne (fl. 1566–1577), poet and translator. From hand + blow.

Pronunciation

hand blow

/ˈhan(d) bləʊ/