In the hands of

In the possession of; in the custody or under the authority of. For example, In the hands of the decorator the hall was completely transformed. [ Late 1200s ]
Also see: in one’s hands


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  • In the heat of

    In the most intense or active stage of some activity or condition. For example, One never knows how soldiers will behave in the heat of battle, or In the heat of the moment she accepted his proposal, or In the heat of the negotiations he forgot to call his wife. [ Late 1500s ]

  • In the hot seat

    In an uncomfortable or embarrassing situation, usually by being subjected to severe criticism: “When the settlement talks broke down, he was in the hot seat with both management and labor.” The phrase is an extension of “hot seat,” slang for the electric chair. Related Terms on the hot seat adverb phrase In an uncomfortable situation; […]

  • In the hope

    see under in hopes of

  • In the interim

    In the meantime, as in Arthur’s in Israel, so in the interim Judy will handle their business. [ Second half of 1500s ]

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