on one's hands

[on one's hands] {adv.} or {adj. phr.} In your care orresponsibility; that you must do something about.

Mrs. Blake lefther five children with me while she shopped. I could not get anythingdone with the children on my hands.

After everyone bought ticketsto the dance, the club treasurer had over $100 on his hands.

Theelectricity went off while Mother was cooking supper, and she had aproblem on her hands.

I had time on my hands before the bus came,so I bought a newspaper to read.

Contrast: OFF ONE'S HANDS. See: SITON ONE'S HANDS. Compare: HANG HEAVY or HANG HEAVY ON ONE'S HANDS.