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English definition of “at hand”

at hand

C1 near in time or position: We want to ensure that help is at hand (= easily available) for all children suffering abuse.About to happenCloseness in distance and timeCloseness in distance and timeAbout to happen
(Definition of at hand from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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