hand in hand
In cooperation, jointly, as in Industrial growth and urbanization often go hand in hand. This phrase, often put as go hand in hand with, was first recorded in 1576.
Words nearby hand in hand
What does hand in hand mean?
Hand in hand is used to describe two or more things that are in close cooperation or closely linked together.
Hand in hand can also be used literally to mean holding hands, as in My grandparents still walk hand in hand.
When it’s used figuratively, hand in hand is often applied to people working closely together or elements of a situation that tend to coincide, perhaps because one causes the other (like drought and famine) or because they exist in a cycle (like poverty and unemployment).
The phrase is especially used with the verbs go and work, as in go hand in hand and work hand in hand.
Example: The marketing team will be working hand in hand with the sales team on the product launch.
Where does hand in hand come from?
The first records of the literal sense of hand in hand come from the 1300s, but its figurative sense didn’t appear until the 1500s. The metaphor makes sense: people who literally walk hand in hand (hold hands) have a close relationship, and people who work hand in hand need to cooperate and communicate closely.
In this way, hand in hand is often applied to two people or groups that often work separately but will soon be working closely together, as in The government will be working hand in hand with the private sector on this initiative.
When hand in hand is used to describe things that often happen simultaneously, it usually implies that they have a cause-and-effect relationship or that they have a common cause. Physical and mental health are often said to go hand in hand, for example.
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How is hand in hand used in real life?
When it’s applied to close working relationships, hand in hand is often used in a positive way to encourage or praise such cooperation.
The body needs rest. It’s now a priority of mine, right along with nutrition and exercise. They really should all go hand in hand. I was stubborn and late to the lesson, but glad I’ve arrived. Worth thinking about.
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) May 6, 2020
Social justice and the church’s teachings absolutely MUST go hand in hand.
— liz daniel (@lizdaniel06) May 7, 2020
Matt Canada will get a chance to work hand-in-hand with all of our quarterbacks. And not even that, he'll bring some fresh ideas, too. – Coach Tomlin
— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) April 20, 2020
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How to use hand in hand in a sentence
Eating disorders, on the other hand, are driven largely by biological processes that occur on the inside.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“After the New York mentality, it is the ultimate contrast to see people making things by hand,” he said.
Thankfully, his assistant knows these roads like the back of his hand.
The collection includes kimono capes and hand woven jump overalls.
Prices are relatively inexpensive and come in at around 135 euros for a shirt or 35 euros for hand woven boxers.
After relievedly giving the pistol to the nearest soldier, he stumbled quickly over to Brion and took his hand.Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
She is quite true, but not wise, and your left hand must not know what your right hand is doing.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The aged woman made no reply; her eyes still studied Ramona's face, and she still held her hand.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
He came to the top of the stairs with a lamp in his hand, and wanted to know what the rumpus was about.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
She was holding the back of her chair with one hand; her loose sleeve had slipped almost to the shoulder of her uplifted arm.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin