- characterized by nonintervention or noninterference: the new hands-off foreign policy.
- remote or unfriendly; estranging: a truculent, hands-off manner toward strangers.
Origin of hands-off
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for hands-off
For years, President Obama took a hands-off approach to Iraqi politics.Exclusive: Inside Obama's Push for Regime Change in Iraq
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For the most part, the colonels and generals were hands-off and allowed us to do the job we were trained to do.Gagging the Corps: A Marine Commandant’s War on Newsprint
February 26, 2014
Team Obama had better hope its hands-off strategy for saving the two-state solution works.Why Obama Will Ignore Israel
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The better decision is incremental reforms at the state level and a hands-off approach from the feds.Why Legalizing Marijuana on Election Day Might Not Be a Good Idea
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Has the White House been too hands-off during debt talks in Congress?Tom Corbett, Michele Bachmann, and More Sunday Talk
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Secretary Johnson had obviously adopted a hands-off policy on integration.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965
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So far as foreign powers are concerned, we have laid down the principle of "Hands-off."
We interfered under a most questionable extension of the Monroe Doctrine, and asserted the principle of "Hands-off."
- (of a machine, device, etc) without need of manual operation
- denoting a policy, etc, of deliberate noninvolvementa hands-off strategy towards industry
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Word Origin and History for hands-off
also hands off, as an adjective, by 1895. As a command to desist, by 1810.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper