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Definition of talk to the hand

talk to the hand

expression

  • "Talk to the elbow, you don't deserve the extension"

    Definition: an extension of talk to the hand to seem more offensive, because you aren't listening or willing to make an effort to express that fact.

    Last edited on Apr 04 2014. Submitted by Anonymous on Apr 04 2014.

interjection

  • The phrase "talk to the hand" is a street vocabulary conversation-stopper that is meant to be taken literally, albeit ironically; and is usually accompanied by its related body language: I make a pronouncement. You begin to offer an objection of some sort. I cut you off by extending my right hand, palm out toward you, while I look over my right shoulder and say, "Talk to the hand!" The implication is that you might as well talk to my hand, because I'm not listening. As a conversation stopper, it works even better if you've never heard or seen it before, as what is meant may take a moment or two to sink in, and might even have to be explained (making the recipient seem a little less than streetwise). Since the speaker performs somewhat silly-looking body movements in order to get his/her point across, the phrase is kept just a shade short of being unforgivably rude. As the phrase is becoming somewhat less obscure, some are jettisoning the body movements, reducing the communication to a more-or-less angry comment meaning I'm not going to listen to you, as in "Hey, man, talk to the hand!"

    Last edited on May 17 2011. Submitted by David L. from Buzzards Bay, MA, USA on Jun 15 1999.

  • hold a hand up to stop an annoying person from speaking.
    Don't want to listen to you, talk to the hand.

    Last edited on Nov 30 2010. Submitted by Erin S. from Urbana, IL, USA on Jan 29 2000.

  • Used when you don't want to hear it (anymore). Implies: "The ears are no longer listening." Also, "Talk to the finger 'cause the hand can't take it."
    Talk to the hand!

    Last edited on May 17 2011. Submitted by William B. from Silver Spring, MD, USA on Apr 11 2002.

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Other terms relating to 'hand':

Definitions include: something you have now is worth more than two things you have just a chance of getting.
Definitions include: to do something bad to someone that takes care of one.
Definitions include: to be severely defeated.
Definitions include: to have in one's possession.
Definitions include: get caught doing something one shouldn't
Definitions include: to applaud.
Definitions include: to fist fight someone.
Definitions include: a powerful handgun.
Definitions include: American football.
Definitions include: closely, as in a close friendship or a close working relationship.
Definitions include: to give a person credit for an achievement.
Definitions include: See handjob.
Definitions include: items - usually clothing - worn by an older relative (especially sibling) and then "handed down" to a younger relative.
Definitions include: in great amounts.
Definitions include: used when comparing things and something is the clear-cut winner.

Other terms relating to 'talk':

Definitions include: a person who stands uncomfortably close to others while talking.
Definitions include: hanging out and talking about nothing.
Definitions include: see talking to.
Definitions include: so drunk that it's the alcohol talking, not you.
Definitions include: discussion using foul language, or of a sexual or otherwise offensive nature.
Definitions include: a conversation or speech designed to raise a person or group's mood or confidence.
Definitions include: honest talk.
Definitions include: the action of someone "talking shit".
Definitions include: discussion about non-sensitive topics in a social setting.
Definitions include: to make someone more agreeable to a future planned request by being complimentary, doing favors, etc.
Definitions include: begin to date.
Definitions include: to sass.
Definitions include: to make threats one doesn't plan to or cannot carry out.
Definitions include: to speak of sexual subjects.
Definitions include: audible flatulence one gets after eating food that doesn't agree with one's stomach.

Other terms relating to 'the':

Definitions include: the real information or the proof, instruction, the know how, where, when, and why about something or someone.
Definitions include: walking, generally as opposed to driving.
Definitions include: interrogation.
Definitions include: extremely intoxicated
Definitions include: information.
Definitions include: something you have now is worth more than two things you have just a chance of getting.
Definitions include: a good estimate.
Definitions include: a secret advantage.
Definitions include: inclusive.
Definitions include: to make a bad situation worse.
Definitions include: with the amount of time left to finish a task rapidly disappearing.
Definitions include: having an opinion or belief prior to it becoming common or popular.
Definitions include: of a male, to urinate.
Definitions include: secret sexual activity with a person other than one's partner.
Definitions include: meaning caring about everything.

Other terms relating to 'to':

Definitions include: extremely intoxicated
Definitions include: See nine to five.
Definitions include: to make a bad situation worse.
Definitions include: to make a bad situation worse.
Definitions include: a declaration of victory or superiority.
Definitions include: sex in which anal sex is immediately followed by fellatio.
Definitions include: to revisit one's past.
Definitions include: to go back to the beginning.
Definitions include: extreme; "all out".
Definitions include: to be vastly superior.
Definitions include: to perform an activity before someone else.
Definitions include: to be unintelligible.
Definitions include: to do.
Definitions include: more important things to deal with.
Definitions include: to kill or destroy.

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