give someone a big hand


Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi all,

I wonder what does it mean by "give someone a big hand" in this sentence?

Let's give him a big hand for being here today.

  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    It really amounts to the same thing. When an audience claps for somebody, it claps because that person came to the event.

    Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    Yes, it is idiomatic and colloquial. 'Them' means 'to them' or 'for them', an indirect object. The pronoun can be placed before the direct object, which is 'a big hand'.
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