on the one hand

Idioms & Phrases

on the one hand

Also, on one hand. As one point of view, from one standpoint. This phrase is often paired with to indicate two sides of an issue. For example, On the one hand this car is expensive; on the other hand, it's available and we need it right now. [First half of 1600s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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