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at hand

1. Nearby; physically within one's reach. Your mother will need you close at hand to help as she makes Thanksgiving dinner. I always keep a glass of water at hand when I sleep, because I hate waking up thirsty.
2. Currently in need of addressing. I know you all want to chat, but we need to focus on the matter at hand—planning next week's assembly. Stop dabbling in other projects and focus on the task at hand.
3. Impending or imminent. After months of planning, I'm thrilled that the event is finally at hand!
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close

/shut the door on
To refuse to allow for the possibility of: The secretary of state closed the door on future negotiations.
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