One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Deal with or take control of someone or something.‘their parents are incapable of taking their children 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 outView synonyms
- ‘The situation was only taken in hand after refugees pressed staff to do something, so concerned were they about her welfare.’
- ‘Katie is quite a women in the end and takes the whole thing in hand.’
- ‘The Tudors were the first of the English to take Ireland in hand seriously.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If she is not taken in hand and directed on the right lines, hers could be a talent that is wasted.’
- ‘When Tilly had returned to London for this season I had quickly taken her in hand.’
- ‘The union can easily answer that its members take technology and multi-skilling in hand.’
- ‘It is evident that the great captain had taken in hand far too many enterprises.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Fortunately Mrs. Collins was a fairly intelligent woman and took matters in hand.’
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