lay one's hands on

[lay one's hands on] or [get one's hands on] {v. phr.} 1. To seizein order to punish or treat roughly.

If I ever lay my hands on thatboy he'll be sorry.

Compare: LAY A FINGER ON. 2. To get possessionof.

He was unable to lay his hands on a Model T Ford for the schoolplay.

Compare: LAY HANDS ON(1). 3. or [lay one's hand on] or [putone's hand on] To find; locate.

He keeps a file of letters so hecan lay his hands on one whenever he needs it.