Posted by Bruce Kahl on February 07, 2002
In Reply to: Meanings of phrases posted by Ishita Mehta on February 07, 2002
If someone says you are all thumbs they mean you have no mechanical ability.
: hat in hand
Hat in hand refers to someone asking or begging for something as in "I come hat in hand looking for help".
: twiddling your thumbs
If you have nothing to do while waiting for something you might try twiddling or moving your thumbs in a circular motion to help pass the time.
: hanging by
If payday is Friday and you have ten dollars in your pocket then you must hang by your fingernails till you cash your paycheck.
: hand in
Bill Gates might say that the Windows operating system goes hand in hand with the Pentium processor. Hand in hand means that 2 things work well with each other.
: by hand
A carpenter made a piece of furniture entirely by hand. To do something by hand means not to use a tool.
: hands down
If you really know a lot about something you are described as knowing that something hands down.
Someone who is an expert at something is said to know that subject hands down.
all hands on deck
All hands on deck is a sailing term and the hands are the crewmembers of that ship.
The captain will ask that all hands be on deck to scrub and clean the ship.