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at the end of (one's) fingertips

1. Physically within one's reach or in one's hand. I know many people enjoy reading on a mobile device, but I still prefer a real book. I love the feeling of paper at the end of my fingertips. I always keep a glass of water at the end of my fingertips when I sleep, because I hate waking up thirsty.
2. Easily or conveniently accessed, accomplished, or achieved. With our new 24-hour phone service, you have quality customer care at the end of your fingertips. Because the Internet is so easy to access these days, we have every resource imaginable at the end of our fingertips!
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at (one's) fingertips

1. Physically within one's reach or in one's hand. I always keep a glass of water at my fingertips when I sleep, because I hate waking up thirsty.
2. Easily or conveniently accessed, accomplished, or achieved. With our new 24-hour phone service, you have quality customer care at your fingertips. Because the Internet is so easy to access these days, we have every resource imaginable at our fingertips!
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be a (something) to (one's) fingertips

To be a particular thing to the utmost degree. Oh, I'm a student to my fingertips—that's why I'm now pursuing a doctorate.
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cling on by (one's) fingertips

1. Literally, to grasp something, such as a cliff, with one's fingertips to avoid falling. The stranded hiker was clinging on by her fingertips until the rescue crew arrived.
2. By extension, to narrowly avoid problems or failure. They're clinging on by their fingertips out there—the other team's offensive is totally overwhelming them. Now that I have three small children to care for, I feel as if I'm clinging on by my fingertips every day.
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hang on by (one's) fingertips

1. Literally, to grasp something, such as a cliff, with one's fingertips to avoid falling. The stranded hiker was hanging on by her fingertips until the rescue crew arrived.
2. By extension, to narrowly avoid problems or failure. They're hanging on by their fingertips out there—the other team's offensive is totally overwhelming them. Now that I have three small children to care for, I feel as if I'm hanging on by my fingertips every day.
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be hanging on by (one's) fingertips

1. Literally, to grasp something, such as a cliff, with one's fingertips to avoid falling. The stranded hiker was hanging on by her fingertips until the rescue crew arrived.
2. By extension, to narrowly avoid problems or failure. They're hanging on by their fingertips out there—the other team's offensive is totally overwhelming them. Now that I have three small children to care for, I feel as if I'm hanging on by my fingertips every day.
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by (one's) fingertips

Narrowly avoiding problems or failure. They're clinging on by their fingertips out there—the other team's offensive is totally overwhelming them. Now that I have three small children to care for, I feel as if I'm hanging on by my fingertips every day.
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have (something) at (one's) fingertips

1. To have something physically within one's reach or in one's hand. I always have a glass of water at my fingertips when I sleep, because I hate waking up thirsty.
2. To be able to easily or conveniently access, accomplish, or achieve something. With our new 24-hour phone service, you have quality customer care at your fingertips. Because the Internet is so easy to access these days, we have every resource imaginable at our fingertips!
See also: fingertip, have

to your fingertips

Through and through; thoroughly; in every manner or respect. Oh, I'm a student to my fingertips—that's why I'm now pursuing a doctorate. Though he grew up in America, Henry is still a Brit to his fingertips.
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have something at one's fingertips

 and have something at hand
Fig. to have something within (one's) easy reach. (Have can be replaced with keep.) I have a dictionary at my fingertips. I try to have everything I need at hand.
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at one's fingertips

Ready at hand, immediately available. This idiom is used both literally, as in This new dashboard design keeps all the important controls at the driver's fingertips, and figuratively, as in Tom was so familiar with the proposal that he had all the details at his fingertips. [Second half of 1800s]
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at your fingertips

COMMON
1. If you have something at your fingertips, it is easily available for you to use or reach. All basic controls are at your fingertips for straightforward, no fuss operation.
2. If you have facts or information at your fingertips, you know them thoroughly and can refer to them quickly. She has figures about the performance of her business at her fingertips. I need to have all the answers at my fingertips in case I'm questioned about the matter.
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be hanging on by your fingertips

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be hanging on by your fingernails

If you are hanging on by your fingertips or hanging on by your fingernails, you are only just managing to survive or to stay in the position you want. There are firms already hanging on by their fingertips who will not be able to take these extra costs. Real Madrid's poor start to the season has left coach Benito Floro hanging on to his job by his fingernails. Note: The verb cling is sometimes used instead of hang. The minister is said to be clinging on by his fingernails since the scandal. Note: You can also say that someone has a fingertip hold on something. A Bolton own goal early in the second half gave Liverpool the fingertip hold they needed to retain their grasp of the FA Cup.
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at your fingertips

(especially of information) readily available.
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by your fingertips

only with difficulty; barely.
1990 Current History In early 1988 , United States Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams said that General Noriega was clinging to power ‘by his fingertips’.
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to your fingertips

totally; completely.
1991 Sun McMahon, a professional to his fingertips, gave it his best shot even though an injury at this delicate stage could have sabotaged the last big move of his career.
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have something at your ˈfingertips

be so familiar with a subject that you can produce any facts about it easily and quickly: The director was well prepared for the interview. She had all the facts at her fingertips.

to your ˈfingertips

(British English) (of a particular type of person) completely; in every way: He is an artist to his fingertips.She’s a professional to her fingertips.
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at (one's) fingertips

Readily or instantly available.
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Instead of answering names in a traditional classroom roll call, pupils scan their fingertips into a computer.
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Horwitz explains that the guidelines are significant because there can be differences between glucose results obtained from tests on the fingertips and those obtained from the forearm and other alternate sites.
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when you touch her know that the heat is heavy, the wire thin that giving of herself is habit and what is left on your fingertips when you touch her is still hers.
Manipulating objects in ways not possible in the real world -- for instance, putting your hand through a basketball and feeling the other side, and doing so with only the fingertips -- can feel odd.