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Make a hand of

or on (To). To slay, destroy, waste, or spoil.

“So when I came to myself again, I' cried him mercy: but he said, `I know not to show mercy;' and with that knockt me down again. He had, doubtless, made a hand of me, but that one came by, and bid him forbear.” —Bunyan: Pilgrim's Progress, p. 93 (first edition).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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