the matter in hand

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the matter in hand

  (British, American & Australian formal) also the matter at hand (American formal)
the subject or situation that is being thought about or talked about Do these figures have anything to do with the matter in hand?
See any way you slice it
See also: hand, matter
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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?
The publication suggests that while couples are discussing a certain disagreement, they should stay focused on the matter at hand and not turn it into a discussion of every martial shortcoming.
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".
The 56 papers, a little over a quarter of those submitted for presentation, were selected by peers for their original contribution to knowledge and their relevance to the matter at hand.
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.
What readers may be left wanting more of, after reading Moten's challenging volume, is precisely this kind of direct attention to the matter at hand.
But with no entourage in tow and facing a constant barrage of questions and media interest, it was intriguing to witness how Rusedski could deal with the pressures and keep his mind on the matter at hand.
Chapter 2, "The Byzantine Romance: Origins and Development," is a good summary of the matter at hand.
Under the proposed law, the politician can simply decline to discuss the matter at hand with the lobbyist - a provision that would be impossible to enforce.
So let's concentrate on the matter at hand, which is getting a settlement".
If the matter at hand was, say, transubstantiation, we might have a little sympathy for an educated man asking for more information.