[ noun ] the act of contacting something with your hand


"peonies can be blighted by the laying on of a finger"

Used in print

(Helen Hooven Santmyer, "There Were Fences"...)

Three of these only were protected from us by stern commandment : the roses , whose petals might_not be collected until they had fallen , to be made into perfume or rose tea to drink ; the peonies , whose tight sticky buds would be blighted by the laying_on of_a finger , although they were not apparently harmed by the ants that crawled over them ; and the poppies .

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