or hand·off

[hand-awf, -of]
  1. 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.
  2. 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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British Dictionary definitions for hand-off


  1. the act of warding off an opposing player with the open hand
verb hand off
  1. (tr, adverb) to ward off (an opponent) using a hand-off
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