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Out of hand


A loss of control. A situation has gone wrong. Matters are wild.  ‘Hand’ suggests a process that is under control of one’s hands and guidance, so to be out of hand reveals that matters are uncontrollable. Also used as ‘out of control’. (Compare to Out of joint.)

 “Her class is so loud and noisy because the new teacher has let her class get out of hand.”


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