have a hand in

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have a hand in (something)

1. To be involved or influential in the planning, creation, or execution of something. It's pretty clear from the film's style that the producer had a hand in how it was directed. I'd like to have a hand in planning the party, if that's all right.
2. To remain involved in something, often in a minor role or capacity. Joe insists on having a hand in the company, even though he has no real authority at this point.
3. To continue to do something in order to maintain a particular skill or ability. I've mostly stopped acting, but I will do a play occasionally, just to have a hand in.
See also: hand, have

have a hand in

1. Also, take a hand in. Participate, be involved, as in I'd like to have a hand in planning the publicity. [Late 1500s]
2. have or keep one's hand in . Be actively engaged or remain in practice doing something. For example, He works as stage manager, director, understudy-he has a hand in every aspect, or Write a few pages every day, just to keep your hand in. [Mid-1700s]
See also: hand, have

have/take a hand in something/in doing something

be involved in something, especially something bad, wrong, etc: We think all three of you had a hand in planning the robbery. So, come on, confess.I’m sure he had a hand in creating this problem.
See also: hand, have, something, take