have something in hand

Definition

The idiom “have something in hand” means to possess something that is beneficial and can be used to one’s advantage.

Examples

Getting a job offer before graduating gave her something in hand for her future.

Now that he had a backup plan, he had something in hand if his current plan didn’t work out.

Origin

This phrase originated in the United States during the mid-19th century and is derived from the idea of “having something in your hand” meaning possessing something tangible.

FAQs

Q

What does “have something in hand” mean?

A

It means to possess something that is beneficial and can be used to one’s advantage.