Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNDER HAND

These Western generals pine not after regulars, but make use of such elements as they have under hand.

Even if I had to lob it under hand, I must send the ball over the net with this next stroke.

I have another plan, but that will keep till this one under hand proves a failure.

You believed him very wealthy, but let me tell you that the cash he really had under hand was our petty expense fund.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English under hand "in subjection," from under + hand. Sense of "secret, stealthy, surreptitious" first recorded 1530s. For sense development, cf. Middle Dutch onderhanden "by degrees, slowly," Dutch onderhandsch "secret, private." The adjective is attested from 1540s.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.