Definition of on hand in English:

on hand

phrase

  • 1Present, especially for a specified purpose.

    ‘her trainer was on hand to give advice’
    • ‘A strong police presence was on hand but the afternoon passed without incident.’
    • ‘Tipperary football All-Star Declan Browne will be on hand to make the presentations.’
    • ‘Kildare footballer John Doyle was on hand to present the county awards.’
    • ‘Mayor of Waterford, Seamus Ryan was on hand to present certificates at Waterford City Library.’
    • ‘The animals went through a special blessing ceremony before the tournament and there are specialist trainers on hand.’
    • ‘Boxing star, David Walker, from Sidcup, was on hand to present Saunders with his award.’
    • ‘Members of the Teaching Staff and a number of present students will be on hand to provide information also.’
    • ‘The York league have provided the new trophy in memory of Fairclough and his family are expected to be on hand to present the cup to the winners.’
    • ‘Grove, himself, will be on hand to present the screenwriting course.’
    • ‘The 2004 Rose will be on hand later to present the trophy to the winning connections in the race which bears her name.’
    ready, at the ready, available, accessible, handy, at one's fingertips
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    1. 1.1 Readily available.
      ‘she kept stocks of delicacies on hand’
      • ‘Having this stuff on hand is half the battle, so stock up, straighten out and fly right!’
      • ‘Beartooth is a true custom casting company with very little stock on hand.’
      • ‘That means that fewer spares need to be kept on hand to assure the same level of safety as in a Mars mission.’
      • ‘The problem is that cash on hand isn't always available to directly pay off debt.’
      • ‘In truth, no one wanted to blow a chance at a sale by admitting they keep spare parts on hand to fix glasses under warranty.’
      • ‘In the meantime, Alam Faizad is ready to make do with what's on hand.’
      • ‘Each of these has its own set of standards on such things as how much reserve power to keep on hand.’
      • ‘If you don't have homemade chicken stock on hand, use canned or a powdered base.’
      • ‘Change needles often, and keep a stock of your most frequently used needles on hand.’
      • ‘One way to invest cautiously is to buy a good stock mutual fund that has lots of cash on hand.’
      ready, at the ready, available, accessible, handy, at one's fingertips
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  • 2Needing to be dealt with.

    ‘they had many urgent and pressing matters on hand’
    • ‘Thanks was extended to John Robinson, the regular judge, for all his commitment and dedication to the job on hand.’
    • ‘I believe that all of us should give our best to the work on hand.’
    • ‘Clearly our new business manager at Athletics Ireland has a huge task on hand to market the sport and get big crowds back to see the sport.’