Posted by Sauerkraut on December 28, 2000
In Reply to: "Raise the palm" posted by marcus on December 28, 2000
: : I would like to find out the derivation and meaning of "raise the palm", which I ran across in a 19th-century text. The context was that a certain behavior would cause a young woman to "raise the palm."
: : Thanks in advance for any information.
: : Jeanne Bornstein
: : raising her hand and confessing to adultry or some other indescretion? or perhaps quieting rowdy children?
It could also mean that she was preparing to slap somebody - perhaps for indiscreet suggestions?