on hand

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


on hand ‎(not comparable)

  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”, BBC Sport:
      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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