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hands-off

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

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

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Origin of hands-off

First recorded in 1860–65
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British Dictionary definitions for hands-off

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
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Idioms and Phrases with hands-off

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]

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