hand over

handed over; handing over; hands over

Definition of hand over

transitive verb

: to yield control of

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Other Words from hand over

handover \ ˈhan-​ˌdō-​vər How to pronounce hand over (audio) \ noun

Examples of hand over in a Sentence

the police officer ordered the suspect to hand over his weapons in response to a desperate plea, we handed over all our extra blankets and pillows to the homeless shelter
Recent Examples on the Web Her ex-husband has refused to hand over a single ruble and has kept his money, and himself, far away from the United Kingdom and the reach of its courts. New York Times, "It’s Mother vs. Son in Britain’s Priciest Divorce War," 5 Jan. 2021 Atletico is two points clear with two games in hand over defending champion Real. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Covid-hit Manchester City cruises to win at struggling Chelsea," 3 Jan. 2021 Earlier in the pandemic, MAGNET arranged with several firms to produce a million masks by hand over 10 weeks, but that arrangement was not economically sustainable, said MAGNET President Ethan Karp. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Cleveland company turns to automation to supply Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation with protective masks," 24 Dec. 2020 Other than hand over the keys in the race for the NFC's No. 1 seed, that is. Jeff Nowak, NOLA.com, "What happened in Week 14: Falcons 1st NFC team eliminated; Saints with work left for title," 14 Dec. 2020 Its adherents subsequently spread all over, and the church refused to hand over their names. Peter Pae, Bloomberg.com, "Jeong Eun Kyeong, South Korea’s Incomparable Contact Tracer," 3 Dec. 2020 In Gwinnett County, more than 416,000 votes must be counted by hand over the course of six days. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Georgia set to start historic hand recount and audit in presidential race," 12 Nov. 2020 The state refused to hand over the data, saying that federal and state privacy laws prevent them from sharing reports, even after stripping out information that could identify patients. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "‘We’re missing huge amounts of data’: Why we still can’t track the spread of COVID-19 across the Bay Area," 2 Aug. 2020 The subcommittee’s staff forced the companies to hand over a million documents and communications, without actually using a subpoena—probably because the companies knew that the committee wouldn’t shy away from issuing them. Zephyr Teachout, The New Republic, "A Blueprint for a Trust-Busting Biden Presidency," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of hand over

1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hand over was in 1652

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21 Jan 2021

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“Hand over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand%20over. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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