the matter at hand

the matter at hand

The issue, topic, or task that is currently being discussed or is the current priority. Also seen as "the matter in hand." Let's get back to the matter at hand, people. Don't get distracted by side issues.
See also: hand, matter
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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur touted the incident as unfortunate and claimed to seek a report regarding the matter at hand.
He affirmed that justice must be done on the matter and the court has to give accelerated hearing to the matter at hand since the said election is scheduled for January 27.
But we ourselves have already attended to the matter at hand,' he said.
Whether for litigation, investigations or regulatory requests, Ringtail empowers organizations to make cost-effective and strategic business decisions based upon the matter at hand.
But isn't there also the argument that the drive to achieve targets could perhaps be detrimental to the matter at hand in the case of A&E visits - a patient obtaining the necessary level of much-needed care?
us is the matter at hand, Something different from its sources.
Researchers believe one benefit of talking to yourself about a task is that it keeps you focused on the matter at hand and reduces the chances you'll get distracted and forget what.
The sheer rage directed at the decision was also as much about six-and-a-half years of agonising failure for Arsenal as it was about the matter at hand.
Now, back to the matter at hand - Thanksgiving leftovers.
The matter at hand is fundamental and involves a crucial issue of trust".
He notes that most adults assume that the way to plan for the future is to gather copious information about the matter at hand and carefully consider the available options.
11 : to have a relation to the matter at hand <These facts don't bear on the question.
The author stresses the idea of prioritizing, and by ignoring all matters that are not relevant to the matter at hand.
There is such a thing as too much research and the book would have benefited from the work of a firm editor to prune the thickets of references and keep a steadier focus on the matter at hand.
I find I can concentrate much better on the matter at hand when I believe I am talking to a "real" person, no matter where he is located.