In an email about someone I introduced for a position at a company, one particular sentence was as follows:


While I am familiar with the fact that 手が上がる has multiple meanings, I do not see how any of them fits in this context. Can someone enlighten me?

Thank you in advance for your answers!

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I hate to disappoint you, but


means "no one agreed to hire [this individual]"

Whether or not those involved were asked to physically raise their hands if they agreed to hire him/her is beside the point because 「手を挙げる」 already has an idiomatic meaning of "to say yes".

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