near to hand

near to hand

1. Within reach. Keep the phone near to hand while you wait for my call. Ah, now this is a vacation—lounging on the beach with a cold drink near to hand.
2. Immediately available. You'll want to keep a reserve of cash near to hand for any unforeseen expenses you might occur while setting up the business. As your legal counsel, we will remain near to 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 to hand. With just two minutes remaining, it looks like the team's first championship in 70 years is finally near to hand.
See also: hand, near
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Samantha added: "We now look after the children ourselves as we don't have family near to hand.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that Syria is near to hand over its total chemicals as it has sent 90 percent of them out of its territories so far.
Available and near to hand, To support and understand.
Andrew McInnes, defending, said he accepted it was a serious matter but pointed out he had not gone armed and had picked up the stool as it was near to hand.
The Banwen Miners (May 3) held at Pentreclwydau is a flat galloping course which usually attracts a big entry, while at Lower Machen, where all the facilities on this undulating course are near to hand, there are two meetings - the Tredegar Farmers (May 8) and the Gelligaer Farmers (May 22).
It's not clear whether he was a park keeper - Beaumont Park is near to hand - or a gamekeeper for nearby estates.
My daughters are scared of him because, when he loses his temper, he throws whatever is near to hand. He smashed a milk bottle on the table last week and expected me to clear up the mess.
Local people want a police force that is near to hand, responsive and effective," said Dr Kumar.
Wouldn't it be great if the staff or auxiliary workers were able to turn around and biff these drunken slimeballs over the head with whatever was lying near to hand - a fire extinguisher would be good.
``These could have filled with water and weighed the men down ``They are very lucky indeed that help was so near to hand.''
Now, there's an AccuCase for darned near anything you'd need to keep near to hand: keyrings, cell phones, sunglasses, binoculars, Palm Pilots, and even your pocket cameras.