in hand

in hand  {adv.} or  {adj. phr.}
1. Under control.
The principal was happy to find that the new teacher had her class in hand.
The baby-sitter kept the children well in hand.
Mabel was frightened when the barking dog ran at her, but she soon got herself in hand and walked on.
Contrast: OUT OF HAND.
2. In your possession; with you. — Often used in the phrase "cash in hand".
Tom figured that his cash in hand with his weekly pay would be enough to buy a car.
Compare: ON HAND.
3. Being worked on; with you to do.
We should finish the work we have in hand before we begin something new.
Categories: adjective adverb hand

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