hands-off

[ handz-awf, -of ]
/ ˈhændzˈɔf, -ˈɒf /

adjective

characterized by nonintervention or noninterference: the new hands-off foreign policy.
remote or unfriendly; estranging: a truculent, hands-off manner toward strangers.

Origin of hands-off

First recorded in 1900–05

Definition for hands off (2 of 2)

Origin of hand

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

OTHER WORDS FROM hand

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

HAND
/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

have a nice day

British Dictionary definitions for hands off (2 of 3)

hands-off

adjective

(of a machine, device, etc) without need of manual operation
denoting a policy, etc, of deliberate noninvolvementa hands-off strategy towards industry

British Dictionary definitions for hands off (3 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
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Medical definitions for hands 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 hands off (1 of 2)

hands off

An order to stop touching or interfering with something, as in Hands off the cake, children! This idiom is also put as keep one's hands off, as in She knew she had to keep her hands off so he could learn to tie his shoes by himself. [Mid-1500s]

Idioms and Phrases with hands off (2 of 2)

hand

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