show of hands

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - show of hands

"show of hands"

a display of the hands raised in the air (by a group) for the purpose of counting votes or taking a survey


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - show of hands

A business meeting is underway ...

Meeting Leader:  OK. I think we have had enough discussion of this point. All those in favor of this idea, please raise your hands.

Nobody raises their hands.

Meeting Leader:  I see by a show of hands that no one agrees with this idea.  Let's move on to the next point.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - show of hands

A teacher is teaching ...

Teacher:  We have some free time next period and we have two choices of activities. We can either watch a video or go out in the playground and play a game. With a show of hands, who wants to watch a video?

show of hands - Usage:


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show of hands - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for show of hands.

show of hands - Examples:

1)  I asked for another show of hands. # I kid you not: about three people raised their hands.

2)  Voting at a meeting of members would be by show of hands, unless the by-laws provide otherwise, or a ballot is demanded by a member.

3)  If the vote was by show of hands, the news release would have to disclose the number of securities voted by proxy.

4)  Participate when audience involvement is encouraged. Ask questions. Respond when a show of hands is called for.

5)  Let me see a show of hands: who here wants a message? Right: none.

6)  Let's see a show of hands. How many of you want things to get worse?

7)  Seriously, guys? Show of hands: how many of you get those two points?

8)  I'm not going to ask you for the show of hands, because if you don't put your hands up you're a liar!

9)  She even asks them by a show of hands who is practicing family planning. Most every hand goes up.

10)  Show of hands.... all in favor.....

11)  It was a spirited and light-hearted debate leading to a vote by show of hands (pictured) which was declared a score draw by the chair.

12)  Can I see by a show of hands, who would like to see the most revolutionary spreadsheet that has ever been invented.

13)  A show of hands, please, from everyone who read the embarrassed retraction. Anyone? No?

14)  I would like to see a show of hands from all of those who are adamantly opposed to the humane termination of a fetus.

15)  The mystery is gone my friends. # Let's see a show of hands, who has ever been hit on via social media?

16)  We're just going to do a quick show of hands. Add them all up.

17)  People usually don't demand a show of hands unless they believe their side has a fair chance of winning.

18)  A quick show of hands suggested more than a dozen were prepared to offer rooms to the dejected detainees.

19)  I assumed a novice audience -- however a show of hands indicated more than half have a Facebook account.

20)  This was approved on a show of hands by 15-12.