hand off

verb

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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Throwing a wedding is a herculean task and any couple would be wise to hand off the heavy lifting to the pros. Samantha Rees, Vogue, "The Best Wedding Planners in the U.S., Canada and Overseas," 17 May 2018 All six Mary Pages are excellent, handing off, as if in a relay race, the baton of the character’s discontinuous personality. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘Mary Page Marlowe’ Lives an Ordinary, Extraordinary Life," 12 July 2018 In fact, Thomas’ absence left room for a striking (if unintentional) feminist statement from Meghan, who ended up walking down most of the aisle herself before being handed off to Prince Harry by his father, Prince Charles. refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle's Dad Wasn't At The Royal Wedding, But He's Got Some Thoughts," 19 May 2018 But her confidence quickly went away when Markle handed off the mic to her co-presenter, who struggled to find his mark in the speech papers, sparking awkward giggles from the audience. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's first royal gala speech featured an awkward moment," 2 Feb. 2018 Buy Photo Sponsorship of the annual Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show, a regional and national mainstay for more than a half-century, is being handed off from Penn Medicine to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, officials report. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Antiques Show being handed off from Penn Medicine to the art museum," 16 Jan. 2018 Instead, the indictment will be handed off to the Justice Department’s National Security Division and its Assistant Attorney General John Demers to await a future prosecution on the slim chance any of the individuals wind up into US custody. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Indicting 12 Russian Hackers Could Be Mueller's Biggest Move Yet," 13 July 2018 Legal experts said that occasionally, prosecutors who handed off a case to colleagues over concerns about a possible financial conflict of interest would take the decision back after confirming none existed. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pressed Sessions to reverse his recusal from the Russia inquiry," 30 May 2018 Legal experts said that occasionally, prosecutors who handed off a case to colleagues over concerns about a possible financial conflict of interest would take the decision back after confirming none existed. New York Times, "Trump Asked Sessions to Retain Control of Russia Inquiry After His Recusal," 29 May 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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