on hand

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From Middle English *onhande, onhende, from Old English onhende (on hand, demanding attention), from Proto-Germanic *anahandijaz. Equivalent to on- +‎ hand. Cognate with Icelandic áhendur (within reach). Compare offhand.


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on hand

  1. (idiomatic) Available; ready; in stock.
    If you have cornstarch on hand, use it; otherwise, try a little flour.
    • 2011 September 29, Tom Rostance, “Stoke 2 - 1 Besiktas”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Rustu failed to collect a Whitehead corner, Shawcross saw his effort blocked and Crouch was on hand to bundle over the line from three yards out.


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