take someone in hand

take (someone or something) in hand

To take control of someone or something, especially with the aim of correcting or improving its or their progress or development. Once the new CEO took the company in hand, he was able to turn it around from posting annual losses to being one of the most profitable companies in the country. The tutor saw a lot of potential in the student, so he took her in hand and began helping her understand her coursework.
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take someone in hand

COMMON If you take someone or something in hand, you take control of them, in order to improve them. I took myself in hand about a year ago and lost weight. The present government only reacts to events rather than taking the situation in hand.
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