1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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“Hands down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hands%20down. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.
Nglish: Translation of hands down for Spanish Speakers
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