hand off

handed off; handing off; hands 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 How to pronounce handoff (audio) \ noun

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The Bulldogs beat Harvard by a score of 24-3.​ Texas QB Colt McCoy (12) hands off to his tailback, but Ndamukong Suh (93) poses a threat at the line in game at Cowboy Stadium on Dec. 5, 2009. SI.com, "College Football’s Top 150 Greatest Photos of All Time," 12 Aug. 2019 But after Trubisky handed off three times on the first series in the Bears’ exhibition opener against the Panthers, Nagy sounded fine with the idea of his starting quarterback not throwing a pass until the regular season starts in September. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Matt Nagy has earned the right to play Mitch Trubisky and other Bears regulars as little as possible in preseason games," 11 Aug. 2019 And the police’s hands-off approach wasn’t actually hands off. oregonlive.com, "Sex, drugs and police corruption in Portland: How the wild 1970s paved the way to the city’s future," 1 July 2019 Even before a teenaged version of the little boy Andy, who once played with toys like Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie the cowgirl, hands off those same toys to a little girl, the toys are placed in a literally death-defying situation. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Toy Story 4' Says Goodbye (Again)," 23 June 2019 Nylander is the first of almost 750 riders who will meet along the Pony Express National Historic Trail and hand off 1,000 letters in a traditional letter holder called a mochila. Claire Morgan And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "158th annual Pony Express ride kicks off in Old Sacramento," 20 June 2018 With some more machine learning juice, those are tasks that could eventually be handed off to other drones or robotic farming equipment once patterns and rules of their use are established. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The fourth Industrial revolution emerges from AI and the Internet of Things," 18 June 2019 However, DeKalb deputies backed off at the county line and handed off the chase to White County, whose deputies tried to use their patrol cars to get Dial to stop. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "‘I Love This Shit’: Tennessee Sheriff Recorded Boasting After Ordering Officers to Shoot Unarmed Man During Slow-Speed Chase," 8 Feb. 2018 A year ago, the agency handed off the ship to St. Lucie County for its inventory of artificial reefs, which are common along Florida’s coast. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando utility donates 200 tons of concrete to help sink cocaine ship," 2 July 2019

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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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