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- Within easy reach; nearby.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act II, scene iii:
- The King your brother is now hard at hand,
Meete with the foole, and rid your royall ſhoulders
Of ſuch a burden, as outweighs the ſands
And all the craggie rockes of Caſpea.
- Near; soon
- Synonyms: approaching, imminent; see also Thesaurus:impending
- 1903 July, Jack London, “Into the Primitive”, in The Call of the Wild, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., →OCLC, page 39:
- At last, one morning, the propeller was quiet, and the Narwhal was pervaded with an atmosphere of excitement. He felt it, as did the other dogs, and knew that a change was at hand.
- (figurative) Currently receiving attention.
- 2001, Mahmood, Ghaith, “Problem is about oppression, not coexistence”, in The Daily Bruin, archived from the original on 29 September 2007:
- The problem at hand is not the inability of the Arabs and the Jews to live together peacefully.
within easy reach; nearby
near; soon; approaching; imminent
currently receiving attention
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