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palm

1 noun
     
Related topics: Human, Plants
palm1 [countable]
1

part of hand

HBH the inside surface of your hand, in which you hold things
in somebody's palm
She looked at the coins in her palm.
He held the pebble in the palm of his hand.
2

tree

HBP also palm tree a tropical tree which grows near beaches or in deserts, with a long straight trunk and large pointed leaves at the top:
coconut palms
3

hold/have somebody in the palm of your hand

to have a strong influence on someone, so that they do what you want them to do
4

read somebody's palm

RO to tell someone what is going to happen to them in the future by looking at the lines on their hand

➔ cross somebody's palm (with silver)

at cross1 (18)

; ➔ grease somebody's palm

at grease2 (2)

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