Definition of on the one (or the other) hand in English:

on the one (or the other) hand

phrase

  • Used to present factors which are opposed or which support opposing opinions.

    ‘a conflict between their rationally held views on the one hand and their emotions and desires on the other’
    • ‘On the other hand, the North ought to follow suit, respecting the principle of reciprocity.’
    • ‘On the other hand, we're not allowed to ship apples to Australia for a much smaller risk.’
    • ‘On the other hand if I don't have the money to leave a tip, I don't sweat over it.’
    • ‘On the other hand, a number of species collected were found in only a single drainage.’
    • ‘On the other hand, plum cake contains dry fruits but no apple or carrot, and is baked rather than steamed.’
    • ‘On the other hand puberty is a time for experimentation, and things often get exaggerated in the media.’
    • ‘On the other hand, will someone please explain why so many roses are permanently hooked up with weeds?’
    • ‘On the other hand, the organic apple juice had patulin at rates of up to 45,000 micrograms per litre.’
    • ‘On the other hand, dispatching the form electronically will at least overcome such petty frustrations.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there are those who are at large but whose addresses are well known or ought to be known to the police.’
    on the other hand, as an alternative, or, as another option, as a substitute, as a replacement
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