Meaning of take someone/something in hand in English:

take someone/something in hand


  • Deal with or take control of someone or something.

    ‘their parents are incapable of taking their children in hand’
    • ‘The Tudors were the first of the English to take Ireland in hand seriously.’
    • ‘Fortunately Mrs. Collins was a fairly intelligent woman and took matters in hand.’
    • ‘When Tilly had returned to London for this season I had quickly taken her in hand.’
    • ‘Katie is quite a women in the end and takes the whole thing in hand.’
    • ‘It is evident that the great captain had taken in hand far too many enterprises.’
    • ‘Asked by a shareholder if the Stadium owners would be prepared to pay out of pocket expenses, Garvey said they would take the matter in hand.’
    • ‘At least, on the rare occasion that I have been witness to it, they are the only people willing to take the matter in hand.’
    • ‘The situation was only taken in hand after refugees pressed staff to do something, so concerned were they about her welfare.’
    • ‘If she is not taken in hand and directed on the right lines, hers could be a talent that is wasted.’
    • ‘The union can easily answer that its members take technology and multi-skilling in hand.’
    deal with, handle, manage, cope with, tackle, take care of, take charge of, attend to, give one's attention to, see to, sort out