In-hand meaning

In physical possession; at one's disposal. [from 10th c.]
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Held in the hand. [from 14th c.]

Pen in hand, I turned back to the letter I was writing.

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Under consideration; currently being dealt with or addressed. [from 14th c.]
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Under control. [from 18th c.]

You need to get this situation in hand, and fast.

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(snooker, billiards, pool) Of the cue ball: not on the table; able to be positioned by the current player. [from 19th c.]
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(sports, chiefly UK) Still to be played. [from 19th c.]
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