out of hand

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition -

"out of hand"

without consideration;



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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - out of hand

"out of hand"

out of control


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Idiom Scenario 1a

Idiom Definition - out of hand

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: That was fast. You couldn't have been in the boss's office more than five minutes. Did the boss not like your proposal?

Colleague 2: The boss dismissed my proposal out of hand.

Colleague 1: Wouldn't even take a look at it?

Colleague 2: No. It was an immediate and final rejection of the idea.

Idiom Scenario 1b

Idiom Definition - out of hand

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Well, did she accept your marriage proposal?

Friend 2: She rejected it out of hand.

Friend 1: Did she not even want to think about it for a while?

Friend 2: She instantly said no and told me to never ask again.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - out of hand

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: The boss just got the quarterly report on expense account spending.

Colleague 2: Is that why he has called a meeting for this afternoon?

Colleague 1: Apparently spending on expense accounts has gotten out of hand. It is up by over one hundred percent.

Colleague 2: That is out of control. No wonder why the boss wants a meeting. I imagine our expense accounts will be drastically curtailed.

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out of hand - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for out of hand.

out of hand - Examples:

1)  ... something so unlikely that only the most desperate human would dismiss the possibility out of hand.

2)  Instead of total dismissal out of hand, might the certainly arguable parts of the different proposals be indeed argued? 

3)  Denialists are dismissed out of hand, but on the good basis that they reject basic physical truths: ...

4)  ... peers in an intellectual environment, is for you to not dismiss them out of hand as "uninformed or just plain stupid."

5)  ... but I don't see any reason to dismiss it out of hand. There seems to be a lot of resistance to consider this theory.

6)  The Jews reluctantly accepted this partition plan. The Arabs rejected it out of hand and invaded the newly-born Jewish state with the armies of six nations. 

7)  ... you be willing to challenge your own beliefs, without dismissing the criticism out of hand, by characterizing it as emotional or radical.

8)  They can be and often are misused, but to reject them out of hand because they are misused is to deny ourselves the necessary tools to further development.

9)  ... of how they can be used in the classroom rather than dismissing them out of hand. There must be a reason they are being rolled out across so many classrooms.

10)  ... skewed assumptions to fill a book, and normally I would dismiss this out of hand as too much nonsense to merit a response.

11)  ... is why conservatives believe pro-choice supporters morally culpable while appearing to dismiss out of hand freedom of choice?

12)  ... to believe them but I'm not so ignorant as to dismiss them out of hand.

13)  Officialdom simply dismisses some evidence out of hand, causing a distortion in the official historical record. 

14)  ... because although it was an extreme proposal, it was not dismissed out of hand but occasioned a rare division in the House of Commons.

15)  Blanket dismissal of any method (and each method will be dismissed out of hand by someone) does not serve those that need to get out of debt sooner.

16)  Dismissing it out of hand simply because you feel there is no value in the problem solving skills it teaches ...

17)  Not for me but I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand like some do. Don't want it? Don't download it. 

18)  ... we will be penalised and for what, before others decide our fate out of hand!

19)  ... but dismissing an opportunity out of hand because it doesn't fit an arbitrary context just isn't a wise decision to ...

20)  ... a deal that catches them off guard: Cam rejects it out of hand, and Ben talks to Nancy about it.