Definition of on hand in English:

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on hand

1Present, especially for a specified purpose: her trainer was on hand to give advice
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  • The 2004 Rose will be on hand later to present the trophy to the winning connections in the race which bears her name.
  • Mayor of Waterford, Seamus Ryan was on hand to present certificates at Waterford City Library.
  • Kildare footballer John Doyle was on hand to present the county awards.
1.1Readily available: she kept stocks of delicacies on hand
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  • The problem is that cash on hand isn't always available to directly pay off debt.
  • If you don't have homemade chicken stock on hand, use canned or a powdered base.
  • In truth, no one wanted to blow a chance at a sale by admitting they keep spare parts on hand to fix glasses under warranty.
2Needing to be dealt with: they had many urgent and pressing matters on hand
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  • I believe that all of us should give our best to the work on hand.
  • Clearly our new business manager at Athletics Ireland has a huge task on hand to market the sport and get big crowds back to see the sport.
  • Thanks was extended to John Robinson, the regular judge, for all his commitment and dedication to the job on hand.
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