One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Give a person comfort, guidance, or moral support in a difficult situation.
- ‘You're a big girl, and you can handle stuff without a friend holding your hand.’
- ‘I'm aware that when I go places there isn't someone with me holding my hand.’
- ‘It isn't like an American or British detective series where the solicitor sits in and holds your hand.’
- ‘Athletes cannot breathe these days without an agent holding their hand and going, ‘There, there’.’
- ‘It's not surprising that Leon doesn't believe in holding a student 's hand: all his life, his only teacher has been the thumping waves.’
- ‘It helps if someone holds your hand and sort of walks you through the day, which someone did.’
- ‘In the game nobody watches you and holds your hand and tells you what is what.’
- ‘One of the most common routes is to take is the law conversion course, usually with a training contract at a law firm that holds your hand through the process and pays nicely too.’
- ‘If these actors are going to make it, they will do so without the drama society holding their hand.’
- ‘But I don't get out much, and when I do, I don't want my mother there, holding my hand; like it was my first day at school.’
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