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at hand

  • EN [ æt hænd]
  • US [ æt hænd]
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English definition

    Adjective

  • 1. close in space; within reach;

    • "the town is close at hand"
  • 2. close in time; about to occur;

    • "retribution is at hand"
    • "some people believe the day of judgment is close at hand"
    • "in imminent danger"
    • "his impending retirement"

Example sentences

  • Having the right equipment at hand will be enormously helpful.

  • Somewhere close at hand a train rattled by.

  • When he writes , he always keeps a dictionary at hand.

  • Soon school will end and the vacation will be at hand.

  • This reported there was trouble at hand.

  • Victory is at hand.

  • Realizing that his retirement was near at hand, he looked for some additional income.

  • Extra boiling water should be kept at hand just in case it is needed.

  • Please concentrate on the business at hand and don't drag in irrelevant issues.

  • These remarks don't have any relationship to the problem at hand; they are incongruous and should be stricken from the record.

  • " What evil thing is at hand ? " would Hester say to herself.

  • A rocket bomb must have dropped quite near at hand.

  • He had to keep his mind on the business at hand.

  • Here are Crabbe's Tales, and the Idler, at hand to relieve you.

  • Now the long awaited winter vacation is near at hand.