to lay your hands on

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - lay your hands on

"to lay your hands on"

1) to find or obtain something, often with some difficulty

2) to get something in your grasp, especially to do harm to them


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - lay your hands on

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: You were gone a long time. Did you find what we needed in the basement archives?

Colleague 2: It was not easy but after four hours of searching, I managed to lay my hands on the report we really needed.

Colleague 1: Good job. Let's take a look.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - lay your hands on

Two parents are talking ...

Mother: Have you seen your son?

Father: No. Why?

Mother: He broke my favorite vase. When I lay my hands on him, he will wish he had not played with his ball in the house.

Father: We have told him so many times about not playing with his ball in the house. He deserves to be punished.

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to lay your hands on - Gerund Form:

Getting his hands on the newest cell phone was not easy.

Getting his hands on the person that wronged him, he chastised him completely.

to lay your hands on - Examples:

1)  ... accomplish this, advertisers and their agencies are using any benchmark they can lay their hands on to measure success. 

2)  It's a hot commodity and everybody who is anybody wants to lay their hands on it.

3)  ... to be an entrepreneur should read everything about starting a business they can lay their hands on and talk to as many entrepreneurs as they can.

4)  The first thing many want to do when they lay their hands on SharePoint is to change its look and feel, often to match corporate brand ...

5)  These guys would eat anything they could lay their hands on in the hopes that it would help add muscle to their frames.

6)  I continue to read everything I can lay my hands on about vitamins and supplements, and I've learned a lot and been reminded ...

7)  I love reading your blog and can't wait to lay my hands on the book.

8)  Very useful information; however I personally wouldn't wait 75 days to lay my hands on a domain name if I was setting up a business. 

9)  I would personally hang them if I could lay my hands on them.

10)  ... and it comes back as a fake also. I would love to lay my hands on the scam artists here! Don't buy it!

11)  Are you excited to lay your hands on BlackBerry 10? Let us know what feature you're looking forward to the ...

12)  If you have a web-shop, how would you like to lay your hands on these rising numbers?

13)  I highly recommend it though if you can lay your hands on one.

14)  You'll make a fortune. Now you'll just have to lay your hands on a time machine.

15)  I'm going to reveal exactly how you can lay your hands on this thing for much less than you think.

16)  ... who wants to lash out at anyone he can lay his hands on.

17)  And he wanted to study science. But first, he needed to lay his hands on some advanced books. And that was a problem. 

18)  Chase Jarvis was lucky enough to lay his hands on a beta version of the D7000 and wrote a detailed review for it.

19)  I'm sure the younger of the brothers would love to lay his hands on him.

20)  ... was known for his appetite -- he ate nonstop, anything he could lay his hands on.