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in one's possession or control. (*Typically: be ~; have something ~.) It's in hand. I have it right here. The papers are in hand. Have no fear.
1. controlled They seemed to have the game in hand when they scored three goals.
Usage notes: also used with take: I think the state failed to take the situation in hand.
2. immediately available on hand We have about 6,000 applications in hand for about 200 new positions.
1. Accessible at the present time, as in The company has very little cash in hand. [Late 1300s]
2. Under one's control or authority, as in The police had the situation well in hand. [Early 1600s]
3. In process, being settled, as in He was willing to give full attention to the matter in hand. [Late 1300s] Also see in one's hands.
1. In one's possession: arrived with the contract in hand.
2. Under control: kept the tense situation in hand.
3. Under consideration: gave her attention to the matter in hand.
4. In preparation or process: With the work finally in hand, we began to see progress.
5. Sports Remaining to be played by one team but not by another: Their team is ahead in the standings, but our team has two games in hand.