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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At the same time, the U.S. Army was preparing to hand off the Presidio to the National Park Service. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Michael Painter, who conceived Presidio Parkway to replace SF’s Doyle Drive, dies," 5 July 2018 Previous versions of the software allowed drivers to take their hands off the wheel for one to two minutes before reminding them to put them back on the wheel—a measure designed to make sure drivers were paying attention to the road. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla updates Autopilot to nag users to hold the wheel more often," 11 June 2018 Because the drama’s third season jumps forward in time, the actress was forced to hand off the Margaret baton to Helena Bonham Carter after wrapping the show’s second season. Julie Miller, HWD, "The Crown: Vanessa Kirby Takes Us Inside Princess Margaret’s “Sexual Awakening”," 8 June 2018 If that person is on the trail within a hundred or so miles of Asheville, Gross will drive to hand off that loaner in person. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "The AT's Fairy Godmother Makes Ingenious Tents," 7 June 2018 That admission is fueling a chorus of critics who say that Facebook should have notified users that their information was improperly handed off to a political firm that had no obligation to discard the data. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Facebook backlash: Failure to disclose political firm's profile access draws scrutiny," 18 Mar. 2018 The Bulldogs had Murray handing off to Todd Gurley, who stood a chance at colliding with linebacker C.J. Mosley or safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on each carry. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Decade of Alabama-Georgia Games That Built Toward a National Championship Meeting," 5 Jan. 2018 The driver involved in a subsequent crash in Utah also was found to have been operating with her hands off the wheel when the vehicle crashed into a parked fire truck. NBC News, "Despite spate of crashes using Autopilot, Musk promises fully autonomous cars by August," 12 June 2018 Whittle took his left hand off his gun and began signaling his command. Frances Stead Sellers, Washington Post, "Two Oklahoma citizens killed an active shooter, and it's not as simple as it sounds," 13 July 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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