in (one's) hands

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in (one's) hands

Under one's control or influence; in one's possession. You're the boss now. The decision is in your hands. The referendum will put the issue in voters' hands this April.
See also: hand

in one's hands

Also, in the hands of one. In one's responsibility, charge, or care. For example, The disposition of the property is in his hands, or Let's put this part of that project in Christine's hands. [c. 1400] For the antonym, see . off one's hands . Also see in the hands of; on one's hands; take one's life (in one's hands); take into one's hands; take the law into one's own hands.
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in your hands

COMMON If something is in your hands, it is in your possession or under your control. This move will leave too much power in the hands of the party leadership. You have to trust your surgeon. Your life is in their hands.
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References in classic literature ?
I turn, without shrinking, from cloud-borne angels, from prophets, sibyls, and heroic warriors, to an old woman bending over her flower-pot, or eating her solitary dinner, while the noonday light, softened perhaps by a screen of leaves, falls on her mob-cap, and just touches the rim of her spinning-wheel, and her stone jug, and all those cheap common things which are the precious necessaries of life to her--or I turn to that village wedding, kept between four brown walls, where an awkward bridegroom opens the dance with a high-shouldered, broad-faced bride, while elderly and middle-aged friends look on, with very irregular noses and lips, and probably with quart-pots in their hands, but with an expression of unmistakable contentment and goodwill.