Meaning of on hand in English:

on hand

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  • 1Present, especially for a specified purpose.

    ‘her trainer was on hand to give advice’
    • ‘The 2004 Rose will be on hand later to present the trophy to the winning connections in the race which bears her name.’
    • ‘Mayor of Waterford, Seamus Ryan was on hand to present certificates at Waterford City Library.’
    • ‘Kildare footballer John Doyle was on hand to present the county awards.’
    • ‘The York league have provided the new trophy in memory of Fairclough and his family are expected to be on hand to present the cup to the winners.’
    • ‘Grove, himself, will be on hand to present the screenwriting course.’
    • ‘Members of the Teaching Staff and a number of present students will be on hand to provide information also.’
    • ‘Boxing star, David Walker, from Sidcup, was on hand to present Saunders with his award.’
    • ‘The animals went through a special blessing ceremony before the tournament and there are specialist trainers on hand.’
    • ‘Tipperary football All-Star Declan Browne will be on hand to make the presentations.’
    • ‘A strong police presence was on hand but the afternoon passed without incident.’
    ready, at the ready, available, accessible, handy, at one's fingertips
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    1. 1.1Readily available.
      ‘she kept stocks of delicacies on hand’
      • ‘The problem is that cash on hand isn't always available to directly pay off debt.’
      • ‘If you don't have homemade chicken stock on hand, use canned or a powdered base.’
      • ‘In truth, no one wanted to blow a chance at a sale by admitting they keep spare parts on hand to fix glasses under warranty.’
      • ‘Beartooth is a true custom casting company with very little stock on hand.’
      • ‘Each of these has its own set of standards on such things as how much reserve power to keep on hand.’
      • ‘In the meantime, Alam Faizad is ready to make do with what's on hand.’
      • ‘Change needles often, and keep a stock of your most frequently used needles on hand.’
      • ‘Having this stuff on hand is half the battle, so stock up, straighten out and fly right!’
      • ‘One way to invest cautiously is to buy a good stock mutual fund that has lots of cash on hand.’
      • ‘That means that fewer spares need to be kept on hand to assure the same level of safety as in a Mars mission.’
      ready, at the ready, available, accessible, handy, at one's fingertips
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  • 2Needing to be dealt with.

    ‘they had many urgent and pressing matters on hand’
    • ‘I believe that all of us should give our best to the work on hand.’
    • ‘Clearly our new business manager at Athletics Ireland has a huge task on hand to market the sport and get big crowds back to see the sport.’
    • ‘Thanks was extended to John Robinson, the regular judge, for all his commitment and dedication to the job on hand.’