on hand

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on hand

  1. In one's possession, available, as in The business needs to have enough cash on hand. [c. 1100]

  2. Present, as in Jim was always on hand to help. [Mid-1800s]

  3. Soon, imminent. See at hand, def. 2.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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