on hand

on hand  {adv. phr.}
1a. Nearby; within reach.
Always have your dictionary on hand when you study.
1b. Here.
Soon school will end and vacation will be on hand.
2. Present.
Mr. Blake's secretary is always on hand when he appears in public.
3. In your possession; ready.
The Girl Scouts have plenty of cookies on hand.
Tim had no cash on hand to pay for the gas.
Compare: IN STORE.
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