out of hand


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out of hand

1. Reckless or wild; in an unruly or unmanageable state or manner. I'm sorry for the way I acted last night; I had too much to drink and got a little out of hand. The real estate market in this city is totally out of hand!
2. Without due discussion or consideration. She's so stubborn that she just rejected my suggestion out of hand. We'd like to try some alternative treatments. They're a bit… unconventional, but please don't dismiss them out of hand.
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out of hand

2. At once, immediately, as in The second surgeon rejected the doctor's treatment plan out of hand. [1300s]
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out of hand

COMMON If you reject an idea or suggestion out of hand, you reject it without hesitating and without discussing it or considering it first. He has rejected out of hand any suggestion that there can be any compromise over the proposals. He said he hadn't rejected the idea out of hand. Compare with get out of hand.
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out of ˈhand

immediately and without thinking about something fully or listening to other people’s arguments: They rejected my suggestion out of hand.
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out of hand

1. Out of control: Employee absenteeism has gotten out of hand.
2. Without consideration; immediately: dismissed my complaint out of hand.
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