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1. To give or yield someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hand" and "over." I still have a hard time handing the baby over to the nanny when I leave for work in the morning. When you retire, you'll have to hand over all of your responsibilities to someone else, you know.
2. To deliver someone into someone else's authority or jurisdiction. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hand" and "over." We can't harbor a criminal—we need to hand him over to the authorities.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Hand it over.
Give it to me. (Fixed order.) It's mine. Hand it over! Come on. Give me the box of jewels. Hand it over!
hand someone or something over (to someone or something)
to deliver someone or something to someone or a group; to relinquish someone or something to someone or a group. The kidnappers handed the child over to the go-between. All right, hand over the hostage!
hand something over
to give something (to someone); to relinquish something (to someone); to turn something over (to someone). Come on, John! Hand over my wallet. Please hand this over to the guard.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Release or relinquish to another's possession or control. For example, You may as well hand over the money, or He decided to hand the store over to his children. [c. 1800] For a synonym, see turn over, def. 5.
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.
1. To give something to someone: Hand over all your money! I handed my keys over to the valet.
2. To release or relinquish authority or responsibility to someone or something: The president handed over power to the militants. The king handed the throne over to his successor.
3. To pass someone into the authority of another: The sheriff handed over the suspects to the FBI. The state police handed the escaped prisoner over to the federal authorities.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.