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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