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.
See also: hand, off

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.
See also: hand, off
References in classic literature ?
This grave matron had several sorts of practice, and this was one particular, that if a child was born, though not in her house (for she had occasion to be called to many private labours), she had people at hand, who for a piece of money would take the child off their hands, and off from the hands of the parish too; and those children, as she said, were honestly provided for and taken care of.
He said that since they were now rejoicing at his death, then they should take off their hands from AfghanistanMF/MABack //
They put the tonnage on the table simply asking the waste processing industry how much they want - providing it's less than the landfill charge - for taking the material off their hands for 25 years.
He said: "Due to the high value, it will have a market - somebody will take it off their hands.
In the latest volume of Prof Norman Sherry's definitive Life of Graham Greene, Lady Read explains: ``Quite a lot of men are content that somebody should take their wives off their hands because women are left with a seething energy long after men are, and men want to get on with their own lives.
KEVIN KEEGAN has told cash-strapped Leeds he will take either Robbie Keane or Alan Smith off their hands.
We will gladly take them off their hands and send them off to the company, who will then send us a cheque in return.