- an offensive play in which a player, usually a back, hands the ball to a teammate.
- 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.
Origin of hand-off
First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase hand off
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- the act of warding off an opposing player with the open hand
- (tr, adverb) to ward off (an opponent) using a hand-off