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1. Also, at hand. Nearby, accessible, as in I don't have the right tools to hand but asked her to get them for me. [c. 1300]
2. Also, in hand. In one's possession, as in He had their letter to hand, or She had the money in hand. The first term dates from the mid-1700s, the second from about 1200. Also see hand to hand.
(ready) to ˈhand(have something) with or near you; easy to reach or get: I don’t seem to have my diary to hand at the moment — can I ring you back and make an appointment? ♢ Surgeons need their instruments ready to hand during an operation.
2. In one's possession.