lay hands on

[lay hands on] {v. phr.} 1. To get hold of; find; catch.

Thetreasure hunters can keep any treasure they can lay hands on.

Ifthe police can lay hands on him, they will put him in jail.

Compare:LAY ONE'S HAND ON(2). 2. To do violence to; harm; hurt.

They wereafraid that if they left him alone in his disturbed condition he wouldlay hands on himself.