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hands-off

[handz-awf, -of]
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adjective
  1. characterized by nonintervention or noninterference: the new hands-off foreign policy.
  2. remote or unfriendly; estranging: a truculent, hands-off manner toward strangers.
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Origin of hands-off

First recorded in 1900–05
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hands-off

adjective
  1. (of a machine, device, etc) without need of manual operation
  2. denoting a policy, etc, of deliberate noninvolvementa hands-off strategy towards industry
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Word Origin and History for hands-off

also hands off, as an adjective, by 1895. As a command to desist, by 1810.

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