take (someone or something) off (one's) hands

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take (someone or something) off (one's) hands

To physically take or remove someone or something from one. Hey, I'd be happy to take that lawn mower off your hands if you're still trying to sell it. Any chance you're willing to take a toddler off my hands this afternoon?
See also: hand, off, take
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take someone or something off someone's hands

Fig. to relieve someone of the burden or bother of someone or something. I would be happy to take your uncle off your hands for a few hours. Will you please take some of this food off my hands?
See also: hand, off, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take something/somebody off somebody’s ˈhands

take something away from somebody who no longer wants it or take a responsibility from somebody who needs a rest: I wish somebody would take this old table off my hands. I haven’t got room for it.Look, you and Tony relax at the weekend, and I’ll take the children off your hands for a couple of days.
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