Secondhand (Second-hand, second hand)

Also: At secondhand Secondhand information Secondhand account Secondhand knowledge Secondhand belonging (car, clothing, etc.) Secondhand merchandise Meaning of Idiom ‘Secondhand’ or ‘Secondhand Information’ 1. Secondhand information is information that comes from someone who heard it from the firsthand source. This means that the information has come through two people, making it less reliable than firsthand … Read more

Firsthand (first-hand, first hand)

Also: At firsthand Firsthand information Firsthand account Firsthand knowledge Firsthand evidence Meaning of Idiom ‘Firsthand’ or ‘Firsthand Information’ Firsthand information is informaton is information that comes directly from the source or origin, without any intermediary source. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. … Read more

Old Hand, an

Meaning of Idiom ‘Old Hand’ An old hand is a person who is very experienced at doing at a particular thing. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,3Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003. Usage The preposition ‘at’ is often, … Read more

Have Someone in the Palm of One’s Hand

Also: Be in the palm of one’s hand Meaning of Idiom ‘To Have Someone in the Palm Of One’s Hand’ To have someone in the palm of one’s hand is to have control or influence over someone; to have someone in one’s power; to be able to get someone to do as you wish. 1Ayto, John. Oxford … Read more

At Hand

Also: Close at hand Near at hand Meaning of Idiom ‘At Hand’ 1. To be at hand means to be nearby; within easy reach and ready to use. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013., 2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002 2. In reference to time, soon … Read more

On Hand

Meaning of Idiom ‘On Hand’ 1. To have something on hand means to have it it one’s possession and available for use; nearby and ready when needed. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013., 2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002  2. When referring to a person, on hand … Read more

Hands Are Tied (my, someone’s)

Meaning of Idiom ‘My Hands are Tied’ When your hands are tied it means that you are prevented from doing something because some other authority prevents you from acting. This idiom can be applied to people or to organizations. One may be unable to act because of existing rules, policies, higher-ranking officials or administrators, orders, or any … Read more

Hand To Mouth, living from

Meaning of Idiom ‘Live (from) Hand to Mouth’ To live from hand to mouth means to only have enough money to buy what only the utmost essentials that one presently needs; to have barely enough money to survive and no ability to save so that one is always on the verge of not having food, shelter, etc.; … Read more

Glad Hand

Also: Give someone a glad hand Give someone the glad hand Sometimes hyphenated to glad-hand. Meaning of Idiom ‘Glad Hand’ To glad hand someone or ‘give them a glad hand’ is to greet them in an extremely warm and friendly manner, quite often insincerely or superficially in order to gain favor or advantage. 1Ammer, Christine. American … Read more

Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds You

Also: Never bite the hand that feeds you Used as an idiom as early as 600 B.C. and in English since at least the 16th century. Meaning of Idiom ‘Bite the Hand That Feeds You’ To bite the hand that feeds you is to attack, harm, show ingratitude toward, or otherwise turn against someone who is helping you.  … Read more