on the other hand


on the other hand
also, on the one hand


  • from a different point of view
  • often preceded by “on the one hand” used to show two contradicting points of view
  • a phrase introducing a different point of view

Example Sentences

  1. It seems like a great building, on the other hand, you are displacing a lot of animals by building it.
  2. On the other hand, maybe buying a large dog wasn’t such a good idea.
  3. I am glad that we decided to go away for the weekend. On the other hand, it would have been nice to get some things done at home.
  4. One the one hand, you have a big wedding. But on the other hand, a small wedding would be more intimate.
  5. On the one hand, I feel guilty for not inviting him. One the other hand, he always makes a fool of himself.
  6. On the other hand, maybe you should just stay home tonight.


The first use of the phrase can be traced to 1630. It is a figurative use of the literal action of holding out two hands and offering people two options. If you pick the one option it will differ from the one on the other hand.

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So could I say, “the two characters are foils. Bob was shy and timid on the other hand, Sam was outgoing” ?

‒ Anonymous August 25, 2019

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