Meaning of “on hand” in the English Dictionary

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"on hand" in British English

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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.

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

"on hand" in American English

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on hand

ready and available:

He always kept a supply of firewood on hand for cold nights.

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

"on-hand" in Business English

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on-handadverb

uk us

if money, resources, etc. are on-hand, they are available immediately:

Banks are required to have certain levels of cash on-hand at any time.

(Definition of “on-hand” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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