Meaning of “at hand” in the English Dictionary

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"at hand" in British English

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at hand

C1 near in time or position:

We want to ensure that help is at hand (= easily available) for all children suffering abuse.

(Definition of “at hand” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"at hand" in American English

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at hand

happening or present at this time:

The space shuttle crew must stay completely focused on the task at hand.

(Definition of “at hand” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)