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.

Nearby words

  1. hand-letter,
  2. hand-loomed,
  3. hand-made,
  4. hand-me-down,
  5. hand-me-up,
  6. hand-out,
  7. hand-pick,
  8. hand-picked,
  9. hand-piece,
  10. hand-ride

Origin of hand-off

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hand-off

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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