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hands off

An instruction for one to refrain from touching or handling (something or someone). (Usually said imperatively.) Hey, hands off those cookies, they're for after dinner! I have every right to be on this property, so hands off, fellas! That television is brand new, so hands off!
See also: hand, off

Hands off!

Do not touch someone or something. Careful! Don't touch that wire. Hands off! The sign says, "Hands off!" and you had better do what it says.
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hands off

An order to stop touching or interfering with something, as in Hands off the cake, children! This idiom is also put as keep one's hands off, as in She knew she had to keep her hands off so he could learn to tie his shoes by himself. [Mid-1500s]
See also: hand, off

hands off!

used to warn someone against touching or interfering with something.
See also: hand

(get/keep/take your) ˌhands ˈoff (somebody/something)

(spoken) used to tell somebody not to touch somebody/something: Those cakes are for tea, so hands off!Keep your hands off my tools, please.
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Cameron and Brown have to be told in no uncertain terms to keep their hands off Scotland's cash," said Mr Salmond.
In this counter run play utilizing the boot-blocking scheme, the QB hands off to F as in the counter-trey, F sprints four steps to the outside, gives the ball to Z on a wide reverse, and continues on a fake run.
LIBRARY staff have been ordered to keep their hands off kids to avoid being branded paedophiles.
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