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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
See also: hand, off
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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