off someone's hands

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
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I was worried about downward-moving flaps hitting the maintainers, not upward-moving flaps taking off someone's hands.
From the first day of practice, Carr has watched the ball go into the post and off someone's hands.