Definition of take something in hand in US English:

take something in hand

phrase

  • Start doing or dealing with a task.

    • ‘Just then a slight shudder reverberated through the deck plates and Exodus quickly took the situation in hand while the two men cast bewildered looks at each other.’
    • ‘The scheme was coldly looked on until Mr Chamberlain took it in hand as part of a great national and imperial policy.’
    • ‘It was then Mattie Kiely took matters in hand for Kilrossanty and points in the 56th and 59th minutes had the Nire reeling.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the Capitol Hill police, who seemed interested in order above all, took matters in hand, and after we'd preached for the cameras they marched us into the rotunda for an on-time arrest.’
    • ‘It was getting to a point where Donnan was going to get himself killed, when Golin took matters in hand and cocked Donnan a good shot to the head, knocking him unconscious.’
    • ‘But Jesus immediately took the situation in hand by rebuking the unclean spirit and healing the boy.’
    • ‘But let's not be taken back by that factor because it was back in the 1980s when Fr. Peyton, C.C., took the matter in hand during his days in Tubber and set up the first Tidy Towns Committee.’
    • ‘My son Luke, meanwhile, took it in hand to go with a friend to claim one of the ‘Fourteeners’ (there are 53 mountains in Colorado that are over 14,000 feet).’
    • ‘But that was before Rockefeller / Hricak Architects of Venice, Calif., took matters in hand.’
    • ‘The New Zealand-born leader, Alan Loveday, took matters in hand.’
    deal with, apply oneself to, address oneself to, get to grips with, get stuck into, busy oneself with, set one's hand to, grapple with, take on, attend to, see to, sort out, take care of, pursue, handle, manage
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