get out of hand

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get out of hand

To become chaotic and unmanageable, as of a situation. If your party gets out of hand, the neighbors will call the police.
See also: get, hand, of, out

get out of hand

COMMON If a situation gets out of hand, it cannot be controlled any longer. Two men in the club had an argument that got out of hand and the police were called. Kenneth's aggressive nature has gotten a bit out of hand. Compare with out of hand.
See also: get, hand, of, out

get out of ˈhand

become difficult or impossible to control: How can we stop price increases getting out of hand?The student teacher saw that the class was getting completely out of hand, so he asked for help. OPPOSITE: be under control
See also: get, hand, of, out
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In common with its relatives in the ginseng family mentioned above, if may be cut back radically if it gets out of hand and, soon enough, regrow to full stature.
Whenever the game suddenly gets out of hand, the relief pitcher will have to play quick-catch.
But if it gets out of hand - say someone who buys 20 pairs of the same shoes or who goes into bankruptcy buying things they don't need - then it can be a serious problem.