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hand off

1. verb To pass something (to someone else) by hand. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hand" and "off." The quarterback handed the ball off to the tight end. I'm positive that I handed off those documents to Martha earlier in the week.
2. verb To transfer ownership, control, or responsibility of something (to someone else). A noun or pronoun can be used between "hand" and "off." The CEO has indicated that he will be handing off control of the company to his son. I want to make sure this project is on schedule before I hand it off to my replacement.
3. noun In American football, the act of the quarterback handing the ball to another offensive player. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated or written as a single word. That handoff was risky, Joe—what if you'd been sacked?
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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!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: Hand
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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.

hands off!

used to warn someone against touching or interfering with something.
See also: hand
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

(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.
See also: hand, off
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Donations can be made direct to the Hands Off HRI bank account at Barclays Bank, sort code 20-43-04, account number 93119130.
A spokesperson for Hands Off HRI said: "We have been out in Huddersfield town centre every week leafleting and collecting signatures since councillors referred the whole process to Jeremy Hunt and the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.
"It's fantastic." Audley Buckle, who sang 'Chicken and Chips' on Britain's Got Talent and a member of the Hands Off HRI campaign, said: "It was magical.
Founder of the original Hands Off HRI campaign, Karl Deitch, said the committee had agreed to a name change to halt the confusion and revive the campaign.
Mr Deitch said Original Hands Off HRI was now asking for 100% of the funds raised before the split to be handed back to the lawyers.
The final version will feature a full band picked from Hands Off HRI members.
The campaign is also staging an old-fashioned variety show fundraiser at St Patrick's Centre in Huddersfield at 7pm on November 19 and on November 21 a Hands Off HRI public meeting will be held at the Methodists Mission on Lord Street from 7pm.
UP CLOSE Kylie and Travis couldn't keep their hands off each other at documentary launch
Caracas [Venezuela], Jan 29 (ANI): Shortly after the United States announced the imposition of sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil company, the country's president, Nicolas Maduro, asked the USA to get its "hands off Venezuela."
These days, the companies producing Hina add such chemicals which either expire soon while they're still in the cone or when react with moisture present already in the hands, results in itching, and redness, and I've even seen much worse cases leading towards cutting the hands off.
CAMPAIGN group Hands Off HRI has asked to postpone its judicial review into the proposed closure of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
In February this year, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Duterte is keeping his hands off the issue, noting that the high court would be impartial in handling the protest.
A LINE Of Duty star has told US producers to keep their hands off the BBC's hit thriller.
HARTLEPOOL have slapped a "hands off" notice on in-demand head coach Craig Hignett.
JA of Gateshead states my response to Chris Robinson's letter about taking your hands off the driving wheel is a bit silly.