at one's fingertips

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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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 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.
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Furthermore in this information era, she said, a whole world of knowledge is at one's fingertips, hence students should not have any problem in accessing information, be it from the internet, newspapers or news portals.
The remaining few hours at home could be easily eaten up by the pervading influence of screen media (phones, internet, television, all forms of entertainment at one's fingertips).
Even more now, when technology has made information available at one's fingertips; the human being will seek for a personal recommendation, based on subjectivity and emotion.
A multifunction steering wheel puts the audio and cruise controls at one's fingertips making it a driver friendly interface.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Feb 2 (BusinessWire India): Bakingo, after its two-year long journey in select metro cities of India, is all set to celebrate a week full of love with the choicest of dessert options available at one's fingertips.
It also contains an easy-to-read dashboard that keeps project updates at one's fingertips.
For health professionals this book approaches legal concepts in understandable language without being verbose, with helpful boxed 'Doctor's Take' messages just for good measure, while for lawyers it gives the tools for medical malpractice litigation in a nutshell, with the references to medical terminology, cases and statutes at one's fingertips.
When Margaret Ross Griffel conducted research for the first edition of Operas in German, the Berlin Wall was still in place and the technological advances that now put the world at one's fingertips were in their infancy.
Type the word 'TULFO' in the digital space and an algorithm of countless information is at one's fingertips. In the not too distant future, a curious case study of the Tulfos might be one of the courses in Journalism.
On the panel Names of candidates Ticked with silver arrows Each one alive At one's fingertips So I read.
i u) to blowing a kiss through symbols (, one just needs a keyboard to get one's sweetheart under one's thumb and to have the entire world at one's fingertips.
But there are examples of blunders being made with a load of information at one's fingertips. The problem with so much information is that there is a much larger haystack now in which one has to search for the needle.
With the truth at one's fingertips, one wonders why Moore chooses to ignore it.
The car spins and magnifies at one's fingertips. A life-size car on a floor-to-ceiling screen comes into view.
With titles from all across the Arab world (and a few houses bringing in world literatures in English, Spanish, French, German, and Turkish), including notably harder to find works from Syria, Cairo, and the Gulf, as well as Jordan and Lebanon, the region did, for a little while, feel at one's fingertips.