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- Without (further) thought or consideration.
- 1948, University of Michigan Official Publication., UM Libraries, page 175:
- The questions covered ranged from those that could be answered out of hand, through those requiring some thought and at least a second interview, to those which presented matters for further research in theoretical statistics.
- 1954, Justice of the peace and local government review reports.:
- I still think that advice is sound, because, if justices do decide a case out of hand on the complainant's case, it is argued, as in the present appeal, that they have ruled, as a matter of law, that there was no case to answer.
- (now rare) Immediately, forthwith, or incontinently.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.xii:
- He bad to open wyde his brazen gate, / Which long time had bene shut, and out of hond / Proclaymed ioy and peace through all his state [...].
- 1653, Francois Rabelais (tr. anon), The works of Mr. Francis Rabelais, doctor in physick, volume 2, Navarre society, London:
- Now any Man finding in hot Blood, one who with a fore-thought Felony hath murthered his Daughter, may, without tying himself to the Formalities and Circumstances of a Legal Proceeding, kill him on a sudden, and out of hand, without incurring any hazard of being attainted and apprehended by the Officers of Justice for so doing.
Without (further) thought or consideration
- Not under control.
- Clean things as you go so that the mess does not get out of hand.
not under control, out of control