have/take a hand in something/in doing something

take a hand in something

to help with something; to participate in something. Would you take a hand in this work? We need your efforts. Ted refused to take a hand in the preparations for the evening meal.
See also: hand, take

have a hand in

1. Also, take a hand in. Participate, be involved, as in I'd like to have a hand in planning the publicity. [Late 1500s]
2. have or keep one's hand in . Be actively engaged or remain in practice doing something. For example, He works as stage manager, director, understudy-he has a hand in every aspect, or Write a few pages every day, just to keep your hand in. [Mid-1700s]
See also: hand, have

have a hand in something

COMMON If you have a hand in something, you are one of the people involved in doing it or creating it. The appointments yesterday included people who will have a hand in shaping policy. Peter is a very experienced yachtsman, and had a hand in the design himself. Note: If you take a hand in something, you become involved in doing it or creating it. Perhaps it is time for ministers to step in and take a hand in deciding what services the BBC should provide. Note: You can talk about the extent to which someone is involved by putting an adjective such as strong, big or small before hand. Browner had a strong hand in her selection.
See also: hand, have, something

take a hand in

become influential in determining something; intervene.
1988 Shetland Times The amenity trust is also taking a hand in restoring two old gravestones in the Ollaberry kirkyard.
See also: hand, take

have/take a hand in something/in doing something

be involved in something, especially something bad, wrong, etc: We think all three of you had a hand in planning the robbery. So, come on, confess.I’m sure he had a hand in creating this problem.
See also: hand, have, something, take