off your hands

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 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
References in classic literature ?
Yes, I suppose I might as well take her off your hands, Miss Cuthbert.
Besides, it would not be fair to Miss Ladd, to leave her before the other man takes your girls off your hands. Trust me to look after your interests; and don't go near Miss Emily--don't even write to her--unless you have got something to say about the murder, which she will be eager to hear.
If you choose to sell privately, you might see countless weekends spent meeting prospective buyers only for them to decide against taking the car off your hands. To help you make your car stand out and sell faster, we've put the following list of tips together.
Remember, you don't have to take them up on their offer, so if you're not absolutely desperate to get your car off your hands, doing this will give you a good idea of what your bottom line price should be if you decide to sell privately.
An Iranian plane crashed during a military show as Ahmadinejad goaded Israel and the US, warning that Iran can cut off your hands" if attacked.
For on the back of months of breakneck touring, blistering live performances and generally nice guy dalliances with press and fans alike, throughout Australasia, America and the UK, Cut Off Your Hands have found some very real momentum, not to mention a rather large host of avid supporters of their cause (lead by the BBC's Steve Lamacq - nee John Peel, Drowned In Sound and indie web-bible Pitchfork).
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To get a son off your hands in Juchitan you may have to set him up with a dowry--some money or some animals or even some land; you'll certainly have to throw the wedding party.
A new high speed public dryer that sucks the water right off your hands? Mitsubishi Electric made it happen.
Unfortunately, it did leave that certain fake tan aroma and the fact it dries so quickly means you have to get it off your hands fast to avoid being left with tell-tale orange palms.
And if you're the owner of a bar or restaurant, discriminating patrons will gladly take them off your hands, one glass at a time.
Quote of the week, though, belonged to Big Sam Allardyce: ``The great thing about foreigners is there always seems to be some other muppet to take them off your hands, '' he said, before adding: ``Pity you can't say that about some English players!''players!''