1. near to someone or something and available
help is on hand
This expression refers to somebody or something close by and ready to help or be used if necessary. It is commonly used in a social and professional setting, though not always in the same way. Socially, its use tends to revolve around having something in one's possession or at one's disposal, while professionally the focus is more on the context of assistance, advice, and support. The phrases 'at one's fingertips' or 'within arm's reach' have a similar meaning.