Definitions starting with H

ID #1935

hand go, hand come

[Atlantic; cf. Twi Benkum hohoro nifa (lit, left-hand washes right-hand) idem (K. Aboagye p.c.); cf. also LA Fr. yon lanmain doue lave laute 'one hand must wash the other' (Hearn 1885:339)] phr. One gives help for help received; quid pro quo: With these politicians, it's all the time hand go, hand come (Nassau). (Black)

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Last update: 2010-09-22 02:37
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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