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With bare hands

A pet lizard on someone's hand

Some people are not squeamish. This visitor to the Getty Center in Los Angeles holds a pet lizard on his hand

Today's Phrase

If someone says they've done something with their bare hands, it means that they have done it without using any kind of tool or weapon.

Examples:

I didn't have a fishing rod, so I caught the fish with my bare hands.

The policeman was shocked when he realised that the murderer had killed the victim with his bare hands.

Take note

If you say you've managed to do something successfully with one hand tied behind your back or with both hands tied behind your back, you mean that you've done it very easily.

Example:

Janette doesn't find the work difficult. She can do most tasks with one hand tied behind her back.

Interesting fact

Lizards are cold-blooded reptiles that emerged from water millions of years ago. Nowadays, they come in different shapes and sizes. Iguanas are a particular family of lizards which have evolved to cope with life in arid climates.

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