Paul: Can’t you just leave your cell phone at home while we go out to the movies? I want to have a relaxing time with no intrusions.
Martha: I know, but I feel insecure if I don’t keep it close at hand. What if I get an urgent message from my boss?

If something is within arm’s reach it is close at hand. When working, it is best to keep all the tools you might need close at hand. A person can also be close at hand if they are nearby and available in case you need them.


手が届く場所にあるものは「close at hand」です。仕事中、手元に必要な物すべてが揃っていると便利ですね。近くにいて、呼ばれたらすぐに飛んでくる人も「close at hand」です。