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’
    • ‘Points were swopped and it looked very much as though the spoils would be shared, that is until the youngsters took a hand.’
    • ‘As it was, family circumstances took a hand in ensuring that he ended up at Hearts this time around.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, it was, that is before our lords and masters took a hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then Carlow took a hand in their own destiny and posted points from Brian Carbery and Johnny Nevin to equalise in the 29th minute.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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