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- To become available, often unexpectedly, or randomly.
- She fought off the intruder with whatever came to hand.
- 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
- Secondly, I continue to base my concepts on intensive study of a limited suite of collections, rather than superficial study of every packet that comes to hand.
- (US, horse racing) To perform well, to come under control.
- The horse came to hand, and won first prize.