at hand

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

at hand

  1. Within easy reach; nearby.
    I don't have the information at hand, but I can look it up.
    Synonyms: handy, to hand, on hand
  2. Near; soon
    Synonyms: approaching, imminent; see also Thesaurus:impending
    • 1903, London, Jack, The Call of the Wild, Scholastic Books, Inc., published 1963, page 20:
      He felt it, as did the other dogs, and knew that a change was at hand.
  3. (figuratively) Currently receiving attention.
    • 2001, Mahmood, Ghaith, “Problem is about oppression, not coexistence”, in The Daily Bruin[1]:
      The problem at hand is not the inability of the Arabs and the Jews to live together peacefully.


Further reading[edit]

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