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English definition of “on hand”

on hand

(UK also to hand)
C2 near to someone or something, and ready to help or be used if necessary: A 1,200-strong military force will be on hand to monitor the ceasefire. For those of you who don't have an atlas to hand, Newcastle is a city in the northeast of England.Available and accessiblePresent
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