Definition of in hand in US English:

in hand

phrase

  • 1Receiving or requiring immediate attention.

    ‘he threw himself into the work in hand’
    • ‘It did seem very appropriate to the situation in hand.’
    • ‘That is not to say that every aspect of formal logic must have an immediate application to the problems in hand.’
    • ‘To explain this, it is necessary to underline the fact that the degree of political control over operations will vary according to the task in hand.’
    • ‘The club's Bulgarian midfielder Stilian Petrov insists, however, that concentrating on the tasks immediately in hand will not prove difficult.’
    • ‘I reply, still quite shocked by the situation in hand.’
    • ‘The goal forced Univ to reassess the task in hand and they did so well, immediately playing the kind of hockey which had been characteristic of their campaign thus far.’
    • ‘It will be apparent, however, that the balance between such considerations will vary with the situation in hand and with the interpretation of the statute.’
    • ‘If it took this defeat to refocus attention to the matter in hand then it might prove to be no bad thing.’
    • ‘I told the sound guy that I didn't want to be miked up today; this was too important an outing for me and I needed nothing to divert my attention from the job in hand.’
    • ‘But during the long days at sea, the men and women on board keep busy with a wide range of activities and exercises quite apart from the immediate task in hand.’
    being dealt with, receiving attention, being attended to, under way
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    1. 1.1 In progress.
      ‘negotiations are now well in hand’
      • ‘The building of the extra gullies was well in hand, and considerable progress had been made with the pitching of the surface of the roadway.’
  • 2Ready for use if required; in reserve.

    ‘he had $1,000 of borrowed cash in hand’
    • ‘And if legal action against the Bank of England is successful, the islands will emerge from the BCCI disaster with cash in hand.’
    • ‘With my excuse firmly in hand, I refocused my attention on what Wei was saying.’
    • ‘The second day, after a call from my new friend Steve and a complicated process of money being wired to the local consulate I faced the city with cash in hand, which is necessary to do any place justice.’
    • ‘The sale price is a multiple of less than four times pre-tax profits at the company which has €4.2m cash in hand and no bank loans or overdrafts.’
    • ‘The company has investments of €667,734 and cash in hand at the bank of €1.4m, the figures show.’
    • ‘Plans were in hand to receive her helicopters and the doctors and nurses for her two operating theatres and 36 bed hospital.’
    • ‘To do this it has to progress up the non-league pyramid, and steps are now in hand to begin the complete enclosure of the Sandgate playing area.’
    • ‘Isis had her staff in hand, ready to do whatever was needed.’
    • ‘With $105m cash in hand, however, Stewart is far from worried.’
    • ‘The company had cash in hand of €1.2m at the end of 2002 and retained profits of €1,888,358.’
    available for use, ready, available, put by
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  • 3Under one's control.

    ‘the police had the situation well in hand’
    • ‘If Clark is someone who will make a good president, he'll get this situation in hand.’
    • ‘We were in front today and I had it all in hand; we were controlling the pace, the bike was going well and then something totally unexpected happens.’
    • ‘Since you now have the situation well in hand I will leave you until next month.’
    • ‘So I do trust his judgment, and I'm sure he's got the situation well in hand.’
    • ‘At this time of the year, the garden seems to need constant tweaking and small attentions to detail in order to keep it in hand.’
    • ‘The men were too drunk to scatter very far and the situation was back in hand very quickly.’
    • ‘Could they possibly already know everything they needed to know, and were no longer interested as long as the situation stayed well in hand?’
    • ‘The situation thus in hand, she then raised the bow and let fly an arrow.’
    • ‘Bali is still worth a visit after the boom tragedy, because the situation is well in hand now.’
    • ‘Airport bosses are unaware of the reasons behind the captain's delay but insist that air traffic control had the incident in hand.’
    1. 3.1 (of land) farmed directly by its owner and not let to tenants.
      • ‘The rest of the land is in hand and farmed by Aubourn; this year's crop is wheat.’
      • ‘The more farms in hand, the more subsidy - so vacated farms were invariably taken over by existing farmers.’