out\ of\ hand

out\ of\ hand
adv. phr.
1. Out of control.

Bobby's birthday party got out of hand and the children were naughty.

Small puppies often get out of hand.

2. Suddenly, quickly without examination of possible truth or merit; without any consideration.
- Often used after "dismiss" or "reject".

The senator rejected out of hand the critics' call for his resignation.

Compare: out of line Contrast: in hand

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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