out of hand

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English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

out of hand (comparative more out of hand, superlative most out of hand)

  1. (now rare) Immediately.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.xii:
      He bad to open wyde his brazen gate, / Which long time had bene shut, and out of hond / Proclaymed ioy and peace through all his state [...].
  2. Without (further) thought or consideration.
    He dismissed the idea out of hand.

Adjective[edit]

out of hand (comparative more out of hand, superlative most out of hand)

  1. Not under control.
    Clean things as you go so that the mess does not get out of hand.

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