in hand - definition and synonyms

phrase
  1. 1
    if something is in hand, you are already dealing with it
  2. 2
    if you have something in hand, you are managing it well so that it happens in the way that it should

    At half time, they had the match well in hand.

  3. 3
    British if a player or team has a game in hand, they have played one game less than an opponent

    Swanage are 5 points behind the leaders but they have two games in hand.

See also main entry: hand