in the hands of

In the possession of; in the custody or under the authority of. For example, In the hands of the decorator the hall was completely transformed. [Late 1200s] Also see in hand; in one's hands.


Nearby words

  1. in the flesh,
  2. in the flush of,
  3. in the fullness of time,
  4. in the groove,
  5. in the gutter,
  6. in the heat of,
  7. in the hole,
  8. in the hope,
  9. in the hot seat,
  10. in the interest of

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