American Idioms and Expressions

On Hand Idiom

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on hand
What does on hand mean?
to be availableI am sorry but I do not have any aspirin on hand at the moment.
on hand
What does on hand mean?
to be nearby, to be within reach"Please keep your dictionary on hand in case you need to use it."
on hand
What does on hand mean?
to be presentThe speaker will be on hand after the lecture if you have any questions that you want to ask her.
on hand
What does on hand mean?
nearby, available, in one's possessionWe did not have a screwdriver on hand so we could not fix the stove.
on hand
What does on hand mean?
presentOur teacher is always on hand when we need someone to help us.
on hand
What does on hand mean?
to be in one's possession, to be readyWe did not have enough supplies on hand and were unable to finish the job.
on hand
What does on hand mean?
nearby, available, in one's possession We did not have a screwdriver on hand so we could not fix the door.
on hand
What does on hand mean?
present Our teacher is always on hand when we need someone to help us.

on hand
What does on hand mean?
to be in one's possession, to be ready We did not have enough supplies on hand so we were unable to finish the job.

on hand
What does on hand mean?
available I do not have any aspirin on hand at the moment.


Some Random Idioms
high-handed
What does "high-handed" mean?
bossy, dictatorial, depending on force rather than what is rightMy supervisor always takes a high-handed approach when dealing with her employees.
cock of the walk
What does "cock of the walk" mean?
someone who thinks that he or she is more important than others in a group The supervisor thinks that he is cock of the walk. He thinks that he can do anything that he wants.

set sail
What does "set sail" mean?
to start sailing, to begin a sea voyageThe three women set sail for Hawaii on a small sailboat.
make waves
What does "make waves" mean?
create trouble; create controversy
whiz
What does "whiz" mean?
urinate
done to a T
What does "done to a T" mean?
to be cooked just right The steaks were done to a T and everybody was very happy with them.

Their bark is worse than their bite
What does "Their bark is worse than their bite" mean?
If someone's bark is worse than their bite, they get angry and shout and make threats, but don't actually do anything.
pick holes in (something)
What does "pick holes in (something)" mean?
to find all the flaws and falsehoods in an argument, criticize something severelyMy supervisor picked holes in my argument to buy a new computer for the office.
by way of (something)
What does "by way of (something)" mean?
as a substitute for something, as a form/example of somethingBy way of introduction the man gave everyone his business card.
one's feet are on the ground
What does "one's feet are on the ground" mean?
one has sensible ideasMy father is a good man and always has his feet on the ground.

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