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Definition of palm noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//pɑlm//
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  1. 1the inner surface of the hand between the wrist and the fingers He held the bird gently in the palm of his hand. sweaty palms to read someone's palm (= to say what you think will happen to someone by looking at the lines on their palm )
  2. 2(also palm tree) a straight tree with a mass of long leaves at the top, growing in tropical countries. There are several types of palm trees, some of which produce fruit a date palm a coconut palm palm leaves/fronds/groves
  3. Idioms
    grease somebody's palm (old-fashioned) (informal)
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    to give someone money in order to persuade them to do something dishonest synonym bribe
    have somebody in the palm of your hand
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    to have complete control or influence over someone Even before he plays a note, he has the audience in the palm of his hand.
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