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close at hand

1. Nearby; physically within one's reach. Your mother will need you close at hand to help as she makes the big dinner. I always keep a glass of water close at hand when I sleep, because I hate waking up thirsty.
2. Immediately available. You'll want to keep a reserve of cash close at hand for any unforeseen expenses you might occur while setting up the business. As your legal counsel, we will remain close at hand for the duration of the trial.
3. Very close (to arriving or occurring). Politicians in Brussels have hinted that an agreement may be close at hand. With just two minutes remaining, it looks like the team's first championship in 70 years is finally close at hand.
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close at hand

within reach; handy. I'm sorry, but your letter isn't close at hand. Please remind me what you said in it. When you're cooking, you should keep all the ingredients close at hand.
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"Cocoa in a Nutshell" by Michael Beam and James Duncan Davidson (O'Reilly) is the book developers will want close at hand as they work with this technology.
AK: I bought a ream of paper and kept it close at hand. Each day I wrote on the top sheet and numbered it with the date.
But what if there is no macrophage close at hand to a dying cell?
I am told the only reason the airport has not been transformed into housing at great profit to the Sifton family who own it is that Frank Stronach from Magna, which has its head office around the corner, said he would move out without an airport close at hand.
And the inspiration for this is, for many such professionals, so close at hand. NH
On the other hand the wall-mounted large roll dispenser is also available for areas where wipers need to be constantly close at hand.
Every doctor who treats otitis media will want to keep this supplement close at hand.
But in the meantime, check out James Carroll's Toward a New Catholic Church; it's close at hand.
"The dream of centuries is close at hand," declared President Bush.
But Angelou had her ever-present allies close at hand in San Francisco.
Christine Donnelly of Irish tour operators Falcon Tours, said people delayed here would find help close at hand.
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With a convenient all-in-one, three-spindle design including DVD or CD-ROM, hard disk drive and diskette drive, the Satellite 1700 series notebooks keep every feature close at hand. In addition, the Satellite's one-touch Internet access button gives users the freedom to jump on the Internet or access their e-mail in a snap.
But given that the development hurdles look like a matter of time rather than interest, the day of real-time sharing of full financial statements may be close at hand.
It's a book to keep reassuringly close at hand for a dose of inspiration and clarity whenever needed.