||I something, such as supplies or people, are on hand, they are present or readily available.
Extra pillows and blankets are on hand if needed.
|hand in glove
||Two or more people who are in collusion, or work in close association, are said to be hand in glove.
After the match, it was discovered that he was hand in glove with the referee.
|hand in hand
||If two or more things go hand in hand, they are associated or often happen at the same time.
In big cities, poverty and violence often go hand in hand.
|hand it to someone
||If you hand it to someone, you admit, perhaps unwillingly, that they deserve credit or praise for their achievements.
You’ve got to hand it to Sophie. She may be a snob, but her presentations are always excellent.
|hand on a platter/plate
||If someone get something easily, without having to make an effort to obtain it, it is handed to them on a platter.
He was appointed sales director in his father’s company. The job was handed to him on a platter.
|bite the hand that feeds you
||If you bite the hand that feeds you, you are unfriendly or do harm to someone who is kind to you.
If you say bad things about the person who gives you a job, you bite the hand that feeds you.
|(at) first hand
||If you experience something yourself directly, without any intermediairy, you experience it (at) first hand.
Getting to see the performance (at) first hand is much better than watching it on television.
|force someone’s hand
||If you force someone’s hand, you make them do something unwillingly or sooner than planned.
The interviewer forced Brad’s hand and made him reveal his relocation plans.
||If you have a free hand, you have permission to make your own decisions, especially in a job.
My boss gave me a free hand in the choice of agent.
|get out of hand
||If a person or situation gets out of hand, they cannot be controlled any longer.
During the student demonstration, things got out of hand and several shop windows were broken.
||Dealing with or treating people with a heavy hand means acting with discipline and severity, with little or no sensitivity.
He ran the juvenile deliiquent centre with a heavy hand.
|iron hand/fist in a velvet glove
||This expression is used to describe someone who, behind an appearance of gentleness, is inflexible and determined.
To impose the necessary reforms, the leader used persuasion followed by force – an iron hand in a velvet glove.
|left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing
||To say that ‘the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing’means that within a group or organization, communication is so bad that one person doesn’t know what another person is doing.
|like the back of one’s hand
||If you know something like the back of your hand, you are very familiar with it and know it in detail.
Of course I won’t get lost. I know London like the back of my hand!
|live from hand to mouth
||If you live from hand to mouth, you don’t have any money to save because whatever you earn is spent on food and other essentials.
Most families in that area live from hand to mouth.
|overplay your hand
||If you overplay your hand, you are overconfident and spoil your chances of success by trying to obtain too much.
Sam is hoping for a bonus for his good results, but he may be overplaying his hand if he asks for a promotion.
||If a person or organization gets or gains the upper hand, they take control over a situation.
The authorities claim to have the upper hand in the fight against drinking and driving.
|one hand washes the other (and together they wash the face)
||This expression means that when people cooperate and work well together, there is a better chance of a achieving results.
||If you have your hands full, you are very busy or have a lot to do.
Jenny has her hands full looking after three young children.
|(all) hands on deck
||When there is a need for all hands on deck, everyone must help, especially if there’s a lot of work to be done in a short amount of time.
As the opening day approached, it was all hands on deck to have everything ready in time.
|the devil makes work for idle hands
||This expression means that people who do not have enough to do are often tempted to do something wrong.
It’s not good for kids to have nothing to do at the week-end; the devil makes work for idle hands!
|get your hands dirty
||If you get your hands dirty in your job, you become involved in all aspects of it, including work that is physical, unpleasant or less interesting.
His willingness to get his hands dirty won the respect and approval of the whole team.
|in safe hands
||If something is in safe hands, it is being looked after by a reliable person or organization, and is therefore at no risk.
I’ll look after Jamie while you go shopping. Don’ worry – he’ll be in safe hands.
||If a person has their hands tied, something such as an agreement or a rule is preventing them from doing what they would like to do.
Mark deserves to earn more, but the manager’s hands are tied by the recent salary agreement.
|play into someone’s hands
||If you play into someone’s hands, you do exactly what your opponent or enemy wants you to do, so that they gain an advantage over you.
When the leaders of the protest movement became violent, they played right into the hands of the police.
|a show of hands
||A show of hands is a method of voting where people give their opinion by raising a hand.
How many people agree? Could we have a show of hands please?
|take the law into your own hands
||If, instead of calling the police, you act personally against someone who has done something wrong, you take the law into your own hands.
Instead of calling the police, he took the law into his own hands and confronted the youth who had stolen his son’s scooter.
|wash your hands of
||If you wash your hands of a problem or situation, you refuse to deal with it any longer.
You can’t just wash your hands of David’s behaviour. He’s your son!