near at hand

near at hand

1. Within reach. Keep the phone near at hand while you wait for my call. Ah, now this is a vacation—lounging on the beach with a cold drink near at hand.
2. Immediately available. You'll want to keep a reserve of cash near at hand for any unforeseen expenses you might occur while setting up the business. As your legal counsel, we will remain near 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 near at hand. With just two minutes remaining, it looks like the team's first championship in 70 years is finally near at hand.
See also: hand, near
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

near at hand

close or handy (to someone). Do you have a pencil near at hand? My dictionary isn't near at hand.
See also: hand, near
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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For if one has friends near at hand to repair damages, nothing very serious can happen to you."
At last we resolved to enter a grove near at hand, and had advanced a few rods, when, just upon its skirts, I picked up a slender bread-fruit shoot perfectly green, and with the tender.
It was a glorious Indian summer day, which suggested nothing of Thanksgiving, near at hand as it was.
The sight of the trees so near at hand had almost made me sick with longing, but the current had soon carried me past the point, and as the next reach of sea opened out, I beheld a sight that changed the nature of my thoughts.
The sea was near at hand, but not intrusive; it murmured, and he thought it was the pines; the pines murmured in precisely the same tones, and he thought they were the sea.
Mademoiselle set the tray which she brought in upon a small table near at hand, and seated herself once again on the lumpy sofa.
He went to a rotten log near at hand and began to dig under one end of it with his Barlow knife.
Thus far my sense of sight; while dry rot and wet rot and all the silent rots that rot in neglected roof and cellar - rot of rat and mouse and bug and coaching-stables near at hand besides - addressed themselves faintly to my sense of smell, and moaned, "Try Barnard's Mixture."
The clay of financial reckoning is near at hand for the eurozone.
Topspeed Dave Edwards Northern Flyer (5.10 Carlisle) Recent efforts have been brimming with encouragement and his turn looks near at hand.
It helps the Muslim students to feel at home when they have a mosque near at hand.
SOMETHING that is guaranteed to send a shiver down the spine of most people is the thought that rats might be near at hand.
chief said ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV is near at hand. The United States pledged $4 billion to the fund at Tuesday's session in New York City, while France pledged almost $1.5 billion.
Based on her reading of the journals, letters, and records that survived, McConaghy recreates in vivid detail the unusual posting of the ship at the brand new settlement of Seattle, describing the difficulties of maintaining naval discipline on board a ship where the enticements of shore were so near at hand. She gives thoughtful analysis to the representation of the Native peoples and their interaction with the settlement, providing a nuanced view of the naval officers' prejudices and priorities.
As well as doing land work and caring for the livestock, she had purchased the adjoining property so as to be at near at hand, sacrificing her career to do so.