on the other hand


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on the other hand

From a different, conflicting, or contradictory point of view. (Sometimes preceded by "on the one hand" to specifically set up a contrast between the two points of view.) This deal could really help the business get out of debt. Though on the other hand, you'd just be indebted to the government instead. I'm really torn. On the one hand, I'd be starting a high-paying job doing what I've always wanted for a living; but on the other hand, I'd have to move halfway around the world from all my friends and family to do it.
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on the other hand

Fig. a phrase introducing an alternate view. John: I'm ready to go; on the other hand, I'm perfectly comfortable here. Sally: I'll let you know when I'm ready, then. Mary: I like this one. On the other hand, this is nice too. Sue: Why not get both?
See also: hand, on, other

on the other hand

see under on the one hand.
See also: hand, on, other

OTOH

phr. on the other hand. (An initialism. A computer abbreviation, not pronounced.) That’s one good idea. OTOH, there must be many other satisfactory procedures.

on the other hand

As another point of view; from another standpoint.
See also: hand, on, other