or hand·off

[ hand-awf, -of ]
/ ˈhændˌɔf, -ˌɒf /


  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.

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


/ rugby /


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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