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1

Accessible at the present time, as in The company has very little cash in hand. [Late 1300s]

2

Under one's control or authority, as in The police had the situation well in hand. [Early 1600s]

3

In process, being settled, as in He was willing to give full attention to the matter in hand. [Late 1300s] Also see in one's hands.

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