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 for hands
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  hands \hands\ n.
     1. a person's power or discretionary action; as, my fate is
        in your hands.
  
     Syn: custody.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     2. The force of workers available; as, all hands on deck.
  
     Syn: work force, manpower, men.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
                A dictionary containing a natural history requires
                too many hands, as well as too much time, ever to
                be hoped for.                       --Locke.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hands
      n 1: (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the
           right to house and care for and discipline a child; "my
           fate is in your hands"; "too much power in the president's
           hands"; "your guests are now in my custody"; "the mother
           was awarded custody of the children" [syn: hands,
           custody]
      2: the force of workers available [syn: work force,
         workforce, manpower, hands, men]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "hands":
     administration, authority, claws, clutches, command, control,
     disposition, domination, dominion, empery, empire, fighting force,
     firepower, forces, governance, government, grasp, grip, gripe,
     hand, helm, hold, iron hand, jurisdiction, mastership, mastery,
     men, personnel, power, raj, regnancy, reign, reins of government,
     rule, sovereignty, sway, talons, the big battalions, troops, units,
     work force
  
  

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