Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

on hand

on hand
Meaning(s)
1) near to someone or something and available
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • help is on hand
  • Analysis
    This expression refers to somebody or something close by and ready to help or be used if necessary. It is commonly used in a social and professional setting, though not always in the same way. Socially, its use tends to revolve around having something in one's possession or at one's disposal, while professionally the focus is more on the context of assistance, advice, and support. The phrases 'at one's fingertips' or 'within arm's reach' have a similar meaning.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The police were on hand to apprehend the thief before he could make his escape.
    2. Do you have any cash on hand? I need about another tenner to pay for a cab.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I know the system is a little complicated, but don't worry. I'll be on hand if you need any help.
    2. That shop is very well run. There are always assistants on hand to give customers any advice they might need.
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