Meaning of “out of hand” in the English Dictionary

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"out of hand" in British English

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out of hand

out of control:

Things got a little out of hand at the party and three windows were broken.
He went to see his doctor because he felt his drinking was getting out of hand.

If you refuse something out of hand, you refuse it completely without thinking about or discussing it:

Moving to London is certainly a possibility - I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand.

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

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