in hand

[in hand] {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Under control.

The principalwas happy to find that the new teacher had her class in hand.

Thebaby-sitter kept the children well in hand.

Mabel was frightenedwhen the barking dog ran at her, but she soon got herself in hand andwalked on.

Contrast: OUT OF HAND. 2. In your possession; with you. -Often used in the phrase "cash in hand".

Tom figured that his cashin hand with his weekly pay would be enough to buy a car.

Compare: ONHAND. 3. Being worked on; with you to do.

We should finish the workwe have in hand before we begin something new.