out of hand

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 27 12:43:27 UTC 2010

The question has arisen elsewhere of whether this rather old-fashioned idiom
means merely  "At once, immediately, straight off; without premeditation,
suddenly; extempore," as OED has it. or whether it has narrowed in curremt
usage to "hastily; without sufficient deliberation."



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