near to hand

near to hand

1. Within reach. Keep the phone near to hand while you wait for my call. Ah, now this is a vacation—lounging on the beach with a cold drink near to hand.
2. Immediately available. You'll want to keep a reserve of cash near to hand for any unforeseen expenses you might occur while setting up the business. As your legal counsel, we will remain near to hand for the duration of the trial.
3. Very close (to arriving or occurring). Politicians in Brussels have hinted that an agreement may be near to hand. With just two minutes remaining, it looks like the team's first championship in 70 years is finally near to hand.
See also: hand, near