Definition of at hand in English:

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at hand

1Close by: a mortar burst close at hand
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  • The M50 is also close at hand, and there are several primary and secondary schools within the vicinity.
  • There is a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars close at hand and the city centre is within walking distance.
  • Close at hand there is a table-tomb with an inscription which could still be read at the turn of the 20th century.
1.1Readily accessible when needed: doctors can have vaccines at hand to immunize any child who comes for treatment
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  • It is also illegal to serve them more alcohol in that condition - and particularly as they have glass readily at hand.
  • The information was readily at hand and easily retrievable.
  • The notional addressee is likely to want to use materials readily at hand to make essentially the same thing as is disclosed in the prior art.
readily available, available, handy, to hand, near at hand, within reach, accessible, ready, close, close by, near, nearby, at the ready, at one's fingertips, at one's disposal, convenient
informal get-at-able, on tap
1.2Close in time; about to happen: a breakthrough in combating the disease may be at hand
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  • Some long-awaited good news on Laybourne Lakes, Hessay, is at hand.
  • The current relative quiet on the Israeli-Palestinian front shouldn't lull anyone into believing that peace is at hand.
  • Thanking the protective services for their quick response, Aboud said he hoped that success was close at hand.
imminent, close at hand, approaching, forthcoming, coming, coming soon, about to happen, nearly on us, just around the corner, on the horizon;
See parent entry: hand
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