off (one's) hands

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off (one's) hands

Removed from one's responsibility. I never would have finished the project on time if Bill hadn't taken that part off my hands.
See also: hand, off

off someone's hands

Out of or removed from someone's charge, possession, or responsibility. It is often put as take off someone's hands, as in We hoped that once they saw the kittens they would take them off our hands, or I'm glad that swing set is finally off our hands. [First half of 1600s]
See also: hand, off

off your hands

COMMON If someone or something is off your hands, you are no longer responsible for them. I can always take the children off your hands for a while, if you need to work. I was just glad to get the building off my hands. Compare with on your hands.
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off somebody’s ˈhands

no longer the responsibility of somebody: Now that the children are off my hands, I’ve got more time for other things.
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off (one's) hands

No longer under one's jurisdiction, within one's responsibility, or in one's care: We finally got that project off our hands.
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References in classic literature ?
I tried medicine and exercise, but it was useless, and my father came to take my letters off my hands while I gave myself some ineffectual respites.
While you were the respectable son of Doctor Softly, and grandson of Lady Malkinshaw, I was ready enough to let my daughter associate with you, and should not have objected if you had married her off my hands into a highly-connected family.
Ay, you may abuse me as you please," said the good-natured old lady, "you have taken Charlotte off my hands, and cannot give her back again.
A coolpounds 1100 is up for grabs so fancy taking the betting slip off my hands for 500 quid, Mr Romanov?
The bronze effect gave my skin a nice, healthy shimmer, it didn't have that nasty fake tan smell and it washed off my hands easily.
Bishop Musabyimana said that he is innocent and that his Christian colleagues should be assured that "there is no blood off my hands.