Definition of take someone/something in hand in English:

take someone/something in hand


  • Deal with or take control of someone or something.

    ‘their parents are incapable of taking their children in hand’
    • ‘The union can easily answer that its members take technology and multi-skilling in hand.’
    • ‘If she is not taken in hand and directed on the right lines, hers could be a talent that is wasted.’
    • ‘At least, on the rare occasion that I have been witness to it, they are the only people willing to take the matter in hand.’
    • ‘Katie is quite a women in the end and takes the whole thing in hand.’
    • ‘Asked by a shareholder if the Stadium owners would be prepared to pay out of pocket expenses, Garvey said they would take the matter in hand.’
    • ‘When Tilly had returned to London for this season I had quickly taken her in hand.’
    • ‘The Tudors were the first of the English to take Ireland in hand seriously.’
    • ‘It is evident that the great captain had taken in hand far too many enterprises.’
    • ‘The situation was only taken in hand after refugees pressed staff to do something, so concerned were they about her welfare.’
    • ‘Fortunately Mrs. Collins was a fairly intelligent woman and took matters in hand.’
    deal with, handle, manage, cope with, tackle, take care of, take charge of, attend to, give one's attention to, see to, sort out
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