The word ‘hand‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to pass an object using your hands.

For example:

  • Can you hand me the red folder? (pass an object)
  • My first job was handing out leaflets in the town centre.


Hand is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is handed.

phrasal verbs with hand

Phrasal verbs with ‘hand’ include:

  • hand back
    meaning – return something using your hands
    example – The teacher handed me back my phone after the class.
  • hand down
    meaning – give something used to another person or pass an object down from a height
    example – My family are poor, all my clothes are handed down from my brother.
  • hand in
    meaning – submit something
    example – I’ve just handed in my final essay of the course.
  • hand out
    meaning – give something to lots of people
    example – Food is handed out to homeless people on Sundays.
  • hand over
    meaning – give control to another person
    example – My colleague handed over her project to me while she went on holiday.

picture phrasal verbs with hand

phrasal verbs with hand

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘hand’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with hand - hand back
phrasal verbs with hand - hand down
phrasal verbs with hand - hand in
phrasal verbs with hand - hand out
phrasal verbs with hand - hand over

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with hand below.

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