Definition of keep one's hand in in English:

keep one's hand in

phrase

British
  • Maintain a level of skill or ability in something by practising or engaging in an activity.

    ‘I also did a bit of book reviewing to keep my hand in’
    • ‘So in order to keep his hand in at the game, he is hoping to practice at Kilkenny.’
    • ‘At least if you're fit - and you're not playing - you can always train and keep your hand in.’
    • ‘If I fail, well, I've kept my hand in with the day job and it'll be back to selling whisky down at Leith.’
    • ‘He also kept his hand in on the recording front with an album which included performances by Brian May, Rory Gallagher, Sir Elton John and Ron Wood.’
    • ‘Being constantly involved in the process of making art keeps your hand in.’
    • ‘I will always have a love for cheering, and this is a way to keep my hand in.’
    • ‘At 10 am I spend a few hours in meditation, occasionally indulging in a bit of remote viewing to keep my hand in.’
    • ‘Donaldson's new role means that he will not be able to coach specific crews but he hopes to keep his hand in by occasionally taking out the megaphone at training camps.’
    • ‘To keep his hand in, Larry produced an interactive multimedia training package on producing multimedia training packages.’
    • ‘Melanie had kept her hand in doing a bit of outside catering and decided to drop in on a few people with some sandwich samples.’
    train, rehearse, prepare, exercise, drill, work out, warm up, go through one's paces, keep one's hand in, get into shape, do exercises, study