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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]
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(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.
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In addition to the AOL/Time Warner remarks, Hands Off the Internet also points to the fact that the two largest cable companies in America, AT&T and Time Warner, as well as the largest ISP, AOL, all agree on a commitment to giving customers ISP choice.
Noting that even the Federal Communications Commission has thus far resisted movement toward government regulation of the Internet, Hands Off The Internet President Chris Wolf said competition and free market forces -- not government intervention -- continue to provide consumers with a wide range of choices on how to access the Net.
At one stage they were fearful that threats to chop their hands off would be carried out when one of the men raised the machete and swung it downwards.
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The state is to keep its hands off religion precisely for the sake of religion, because religion will be damaged by contact with the state.
The student leaders, dubbed the CSU, are fronting the Life on Mars-style poster and internet campaign, called Hands off Cardiff, to ask students to take their valuables home over Christmas.
If 01 dribbles first to the left side and hands off the ball to 03, 03 could then become the "hot dribbler" and the "attack" portion of the offense could then begin with the following hand-off
Anti-death penalty group Hands Off Cain said the increase was because more countries that had capital punishment on their books actually resorted to it in 2006.
Alleging that historically Armenian lands were stolen during the genocide, protesters chanted, ``Eastern Turkey is Western Armenia'' and ``Get your hands off my lands.
Keep your hands off the cooler assembly when removing or installing the TRU.
The chocolate variety is delicious, but even the biggest chocoholics will be unable to keep their hands off the gluten-free vanilla ones with their perfect hint of the extract.
LIBRARY staff have been ordered to keep their hands off kids to avoid being branded paedophiles.
I think it would be a very good idea to send a message to the judiciary they ought to keep their hands off the Pledge of Allegiance," fumed House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
We will cut the hands off anyone who comes near us.
After discussing the revised scenario with game officials, who agreed to go along, Frantz told his quarterback to give Jake the ball while DeWitt instructed his defense to keep hands off Jake.