hand off


Definition of hand off

transitive verb

: to hand (a football) to a nearby teammate on a play

intransitive verb

: to hand off a football

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Other Words from hand off

handoff \ ˈhand-​ˌȯf \ noun

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Take your hand off the thermostat, because BedJet sets the temperature of your bed for you. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This Bed-Heating Fan Will Replace Your Thermostat, And It's On Sale Right Now," 7 Dec. 2018 Tight Eric Ebron and receiver Ryan Grant are promising new targets for Luck, who will be handing off to second-year running back Marlon Mack for the first time in a game Thursday. Michael Marot, The Seattle Times, "Luck to make start, may play most of 1st quarter at Seattle," 7 Aug. 2018 Planes are handed off from controller to controller. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "FAA Briefly Delays Flights at LaGuardia, Other Airports as Shutdown Hits Travel," 26 Jan. 2019 Mueller has already handed off one major investigation -- into Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen -- to the Southern District of New York. Chris Strohm, chicagotribune.com, "Mueller taps more prosecutors to help with growing Trump probe," 5 July 2018 The case was handed off to the Iowa attorney general after Franklin County Prosecutor Vic Pearson claimed a conflict of interest, according to the news wire. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Idaho teacher charged after feeding sick puppy to snapping turtle while students watched," 3 June 2018 As the user travels, the call is handed off to successive towers, and the cell phone companies keep records of the phone numbers routed through each tower to sort out such things as roaming charges. NBC News, "Supreme Court says police can't use your phone to track you without a court order," 22 June 2018 The fumbles in the pocket, the strip-sacks, those kinds of things, he's got a tendency to keep his off-hand, his left hand off the ball. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Which free agent quarterback fits the Browns? (video)," 21 Feb. 2018 There is inherent risk in handing off more of what humans do in a high-risk environment to ML or AI that few people understand. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of hand off

1949, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of hand off was in 1949

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