in (one's) hands

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in (one's) hands

Under one's control or influence; in one's possession. You're the boss now. The decision is in your hands. The referendum will put the issue in voters' hands this April.
See also: hand

in one's hands

Also, in the hands of one. In one's responsibility, charge, or care. For example, The disposition of the property is in his hands, or Let's put this part of that project in Christine's hands. [c. 1400] For the antonym, see . off one's hands . Also see in the hands of; on one's hands; take one's life (in one's hands); take into one's hands; take the law into one's own hands.
See also: hand

in your hands

COMMON If something is in your hands, it is in your possession or under your control. This move will leave too much power in the hands of the party leadership. You have to trust your surgeon. Your life is in their hands.
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References in classic literature ?
The treachery or penitence of one of the men about you, led to the discovery of your place of confinement; and that I have forced my way here, sword in hand, you see.