at (one's) 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!
See also: fingertip
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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]
See also: fingertip
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: fingertip
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

at your fingertips

(especially of information) readily available.
See also: fingertip
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

at (one's) fingertips

Readily or instantly available.
See also: fingertip
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

at one's fingertips

Ready, instantly available; at one’s command. The term refers to both cognizance and competence—that is, it can mean either knowledge or the ability to carry out a task. Presumably it is based on something being as close at hand and familiar as one’s own fingers. Its roots may lie in an ancient Roman proverb, “To know as well as one’s fingers and toes,” which in English became one’s fingers’ ends (in the proverb collections of John Heywood, John Ray, and others). Fingertips appears to have originated in the United States in the nineteenth century.
See also: fingertip
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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