hand-off

or hand·off

[ hand-awf, -of ]
/ ˈhændˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun

Football.
  1. an offensive play in which a player, usually a back, hands the ball to a teammate.
  2. the ball itself during the execution of such a transfer: He fumbled the hand-off.
Aviation. the condition or period in which control or surveillance of an aircraft is transferred from one control center to another.

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Origin of hand-off

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase hand off

Definition for hand off (2 of 2)

Origin of hand

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German Hand, Old Norse hǫnd, Gothic handus

SYNONYMS FOR hand

OTHER WORDS FROM hand

hand·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hand off (1 of 3)

HAND
/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

have a nice day

British Dictionary definitions for hand off (2 of 3)

hand
/ (hænd) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of hand

handless, adjectivehandlike, adjective

Word Origin for hand

Old English hand; related to Old Norse hönd, Gothic handus, Old High German hant

British Dictionary definitions for hand off (3 of 3)

hand-off
/ rugby /

noun

the act of warding off an opposing player with the open hand

verb hand off

(tr, adverb) to ward off (an opponent) using a hand-off
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Medical definitions for hand off

hand
[ hănd ]

n.

The terminal part of the human arm located below the forearm, used for grasping and holding and consisting of the wrist, palm, four fingers, and an opposable thumb.
A homologous or similar part in other animals.
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Idioms and Phrases with hand off

hand

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