American Idioms and Expressions

At Hand Idiom

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at hand
What does at hand mean?
to be close byI stopped working because I did not have any good tools at hand.
at hand
What does at hand mean?
easy to reach, nearbyThere were no tools at hand so I was unable to fix the stove.
at hand
What does at hand mean?
within reach, nearby I stopped working because I did not have any tools at hand.

at hand
What does at hand mean?
easy to reach, nearby There were no tools at hand so I could not fix the stove.


Some Random Idioms
inch along
What does "inch along" mean?
move along slowlyThe road was very bad this morning and the traffic was only inching along.
mum
What does "mum" mean?
mother; mom
put on a brave face
What does "put on a brave face" mean?
to try to appear happy when faced with a bad situationMy friend put on a brave face even though he had suddenly lost his job.
buy off (someone)
What does "buy off (someone)" mean?
to use a gift or money to divert someone from their duty or purpose (similar to a bribe and sometimes illegal)The land developer tried to buy off the politician but he was not successful.
beat (someone) to the punch
What does "beat (someone) to the punch" mean?
to do something before others do it My friend beat me to the punch and arrived at the interview first.

on duty
What does "on duty" mean?
to be at work, to be currently doing one's workThere was nobody on duty when we arrived at the swimming pool.
trip up
What does "trip up" mean?
to make a mistakeThe teacher tripped up over the correct pronunciation of the man`s name.
Streets ahead
What does "Streets ahead" mean?
If people are streets ahead of their rivals, they are a long way in front.
polish the apple
What does "polish the apple" mean?
to flatter someoneNobody likes the girl because she is always trying to polish the apple with her teacher.

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