Definition of take a hand in US English:

take a hand

phrase

  • Become influential in determining something; intervene.

    ‘fate was about to take a hand in the outcome of the championship’
    • ‘Aged 18, the dole office beckoned, but fate took a hand on the final day of filming when they were offered a recording contract à la Robson & Jerome.’
    • ‘The two families travelled together as a group to Normandy for the various events but it was during a reception prior to the ceremony on Omaha beach that fate took a hand.’
    • ‘From now on they will be expected to take a hand in their own training and career development, identify their own teaching weaknesses and play a role in devising systems that best deliver education to our children.’
    • ‘It was one of the newcomers, Rob Higham, that took the plaudits in the first quarter of the game as he took a hand in three goals.’
    • ‘Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman took a hand in negotiations in an effort to avert a strike but was not willing to offer any additional money.’
    • ‘Points were swopped and it looked very much as though the spoils would be shared, that is until the youngsters took a hand.’
    • ‘Then Carlow took a hand in their own destiny and posted points from Brian Carbery and Johnny Nevin to equalise in the 29th minute.’
    • ‘Well, it was, that is before our lords and masters took a hand.’
    • ‘As it was, family circumstances took a hand in ensuring that he ended up at Hearts this time around.’
    • ‘It is our hope that the book will reach people, will open the eyes of those who haven't had a chance to experience the problems of the developing world, of those less fortunate than themselves, and motivate them to take a hand in the solution.’
    mediate, act as an intermediary, intermediate, negotiate, arbitrate, moderate, conciliate, act as honest broker, intervene, interpose, step in, become involved, get involved, act, take action, take measures, take a hand
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