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Make a hand of or on (To)

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To slay, destroy, waste, or spoil.

“So when I came to myself again, I “cried him mercy; but he said, ‘I know not to show mercy;ʹ and with that knockt me down again. He had, doubtless, made a hand of me, but that one came by, and bid him forbear.”—Bunyan: Pilgrim’s Progress, p. 93 (first edition).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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