To take in hand

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To take in hand See under Hand.
    • To take in hand To attempt or undertake
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Quotations

  • Erica Jong
    Erica%20Jong
    “Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one is to blame.”
  • Rollo May
    Rollo May
    “Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves.”
  • Robert Bolt
    Robert Bolt
    “When a man takes an oath, Meg, he's holding his ownself in his own hands. Like water. And if he opens his fingers then- he needn't hope to find himself again.”
  • Mike Conner
    Mike Conner
    “Life is like a hand of cards. You have to play the hand you're dealt, you can't win by folding, and sometimes you must take chances in order to win.”

Usage

In literature:

He will be thankful to you for taking him in hand.
"The Young Step-Mother" by Charlotte M. Yonge
It was brave of him to refuse to take my hand when he is in my power.
"Jess" by H. Rider Haggard
It is very kind in you to wish to take her off our hands, but I do want to try her a little longer.
"The Two Sides of the Shield" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Taking it in both hands be tilted the eyes to the light and opened one eye with his thumb.
"King--of the Khyber Rifles" by Talbot Mundy
Captain Hubbell stood on the deck of the Dipsey with his quadrant in hand to take an observation.
"The Great Stone of Sardis" by Frank R. Stockton
He essayed to take the paper calmly, but it trembled in his hands.
"The Weavers, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
The old man tries to console her, and, taking the body in his own hands, enters the water and throws it right in the middle.
"From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan" by Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
I take this silver dish, for instance; it is in my hands, I have the use of it; but can I give it to either of you ladies?
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
Then came the temptation to take your theme, copy it, and hand it in as my own.
"Grace Harlowe's Second Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
After tea the "hands" divided the duties of the evening; taking it in turn, one to wash up, while the other "set" bread.
"Back To Billabong" by Mary Grant Bruce
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In poetry:

To-morrow we meet the same then, dearest?
May I take your hand in mine?
Mere friends are we,—-well, friends the merest
Keep much that I resign:
"The Lost Mistress" by Robert Browning
“Take ye sword and shield in hand,
And look that they be true;
For Hafbur the King hath guested with us;
Stiffnecked he is, great deeds to do.”
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
The mother of all loving wives
(Condemned unborn to many a tear)
Is fain to take his hand, and strives
In sorrow to be doubly dear—
But shame deprives.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The children see him, and in merry band
Come shouting from their glad and healthy play,
"Here is blind Matthew, let us take his hand,
And see if he can guess our names to-day."
"Blind Matthew" by Alexander Anderson
"Launcelot, Launcelot, why did he take your hand,
When he had kissed me in his kingly way?
Saying: 'This is the knight whom all the land
Calls Arthur's banner, sword, and shield to-day;
"King Arthur's Tomb" by William Morris
If Thou who seest this heart of mine
To earthly idols prone,
Should'st all those clinging cords untwine,
And take again Thy own,—
Help me to lay my hands in thine,
And say Thy will be done!
"Resignation" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

That day is now at hand, as Handel prepares to take to a stage in Anseong, South Korea along with five other ASD instructors and students.
Why in the world did the thought even cross Herm 's mind to take the ball out of Thigpen's hands when he had done nothing but move the chains all day long.
The 86-year-old royal was due to hand out more than 90 medals at Windsor Castle in England on Friday (12Oct12) but her son Charles, Prince of Wales is flying in from Scotland to take her place.
Folks who grew up in East Syracuse may want to take a good second look at the drummer for the band The Tombstone Hands.
More than 750 people were on hand at St Laurence Catholic School Friday, September 28 to take part in Grandparents Day celebration.
The minor league regular season may be over, but the commissioner's office has been busy this week handing out suspensions to minor league players that will take effect in 2013.
Members of Native American tribe in Utah are accused of taking matters in their own hands after a family couldn't agree on what to do with a relative's remains.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and education reform advocates aren't fans, but AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes praises Gov Andrew Cuomo's teacher evaluation bill, which takes a hands-off approach to "last-in, first-out" protections.
They teach us how to take care of ourselves but when we can't they always step in to lend a hand or paw as it might be in this case.
As the Knicks (15-5) prepare to take on the rival Brooklyn Nets (11-8), and add some more distance in the Atlantic Division race, they know the task at hand.
Jandals in hand, David Linklater takes to the desert to try the new Range Rover.
Firefighters, current and retired, will be at five locations for three days, boots in hand, to take your donations.
This adventure will take you back in time for you to experience first-hand the birth of our Savior.
Because while nothing can take the place of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need -- to remind them that we are there for them.
While we heart this most romantic of romantic days, we must warn you that asking that special someone to take your hand in marriage isn't always the best idea.
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In science:

This implication is correct (if one takes the approximation in (HY) to mean that the relative error between the left and right hand side of ∼ is at most ε) .
Reply to recent scepticism about the foundations of quantum cryptography
Because of the possibility that an interesting optical counterpart could be missed in any fully automated process, we decided to take a more hands-on approach.
HST/ACS Imaging of Omega Centauri: Optical Counterparts of Chandra X-Ray Sources
In order to conclude, we want to take the E-expectation in (12.9) and identify the right-hand side as the “correct answer”.
Aging of asymmetric dynamics on the random energy model
On the other hand, taking one of the top isolated points will force us to take 56 in the first half of the next top segment (in order to bracket the 1 and be followed by the 2), and this prevents the addition of a 4.
Enumerating indices of Schubert varieties defined by inclusions
On the other hand, though the Dirac equation in external field can predict the electron spin with g = 2, it fails to take the difference of reduced mass of electron into account because it is a one-body equation.
Lamb shift calculated by simple noncovariant method
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