hand over


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hand someone or something over (to someone or something)

to deliver someone or something to someone or a group; to relinquish someone or something to someone or a group. The kidnappers handed the child over to the go-between. All right, hand over the hostage!
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hand something over

to give something (to someone); to relinquish something (to someone); to turn something over (to someone). Come on, John! Hand over my wallet. Please hand this over to the guard.
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hand over somebody/something

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to give someone or something to someone else The prisoners were handed over to the marshals to be taken to another jail to serve their sentences. The old man handed his passport over.
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hand over

Release or relinquish to another's possession or control. For example, You may as well hand over the money, or He decided to hand the store over to his children. [c. 1800] For a synonym, see turn over, def. 5.
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hand over

v.
1. To give something to someone: Hand over all your money! I handed my keys over to the valet.
2. To release or relinquish authority or responsibility to someone or something: The president handed over power to the militants. The king handed the throne over to his successor.
3. To pass someone into the authority of another: The sheriff handed over the suspects to the FBI. The state police handed the escaped prisoner over to the federal authorities.
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