lay hands on

lay hands on  {v. phr.}
1. To get hold of; find; catch.
The treasure hunters can keep any treasure they can lay hands on.
If the police can lay hands on him, they will put him in jail.
Compare: LAY ONE'S HANDS ON (2).
2. To do violence to; harm; hurt.
They were afraid that if they left him alone in his disturbed condition he would lay hands on himself.
Categories: hand hurt {v. phr.}