Definition of give (or lend) a hand in English:

give (or lend) a hand


  • Assist in an action or enterprise.

    ‘the policemen lent a hand in getting the stretcher up the steps’
    • ‘But due to soaring demand a second assistant lends a hand.’
    • ‘Why the state should lend a hand to assist people already doing a fair bit better than the basic wage beats me.’
    • ‘Each age group is run by a qualified rugby coach, but parents are encouraged to lend a hand.’
    • ‘In the social area it has assisted disabled people and has lent a hand with the environment through projects for waste management and water management.’
    • ‘He more than lends a hand with the kids, for example.’
    • ‘His wife, June, has run the village post office for the last 15 years, since the couple returned to the village, and Mr Boyack lends a hand.’
    • ‘It appears that food, like education and experiences in life, lends a hand in the evolvement of human beings.’
    • ‘The lads hired two very clever directors, but Jim was in the background, lending a hand.’
    • ‘Most of us know the Order of Malta as those who are always willing to give a helping hand at local events.’
    • ‘But the City keeper will give his old club no helping hand at Blundell Park tomorrow.’
    assist, aid, help, lend a hand, support, back, encourage