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 handover (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

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Diamondbacks: Ray pitched well after battling a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand over the last two starts. David Brandt, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins score five runs in top of seventh to take lead, but give up four in bottom of inning to fall to Diamondbacks," 17 Sep. 2019 Just outside was Jaya, her hand over her chin, softly squeezing her own face. Alejandro Varela, Harper's magazine, "Carlitos in Charge," 16 Sep. 2019 And the companies will most likely resist some of the inquiries by the House committee and other government investigators, contending that to comply would mean handing over corporate trade secrets. BostonGlobe.com, "Congress showed the breadth of its investigation into the big tech companies Friday, making a public demand for scores of documents, including the personal emails and other communications from dozens of top executives.," 14 Sep. 2019 The turn occurred during a hand over from RAF Coningsby to an air traffic controller at RAF Lakenheath, home to the 48th Fighter Wing. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Two parachutists were free-falling — then US fighter jets flew below them, report says," 12 Sep. 2019 In late August, as first reported by NJ.com, a judge said the fertility clinic must hand over the list of donors. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "New Jersey fertility clinic ordered to reveal sperm donor list after baby mix-up," 11 Sep. 2019 The city passed through many hands over the centuries. The Economist, "How the capital of Poland’s coal belt is reinventing itself," 5 Sep. 2019 In addition to his own tour for Okie, the 62-year-old singer-songwriter-guitar slinger will be lending several hands over the next couple of months. Sarah Rodman, EW.com, "Vince Gill on Okie, the new class of country artists, and playing with the Eagles," 29 Aug. 2019 Strong hands over the middle running a slant route with a cornerback draped all over him, a burst of speed down the sideline for a big gain. oregonlive.com, "Darrius Clemons, 2022 Westview WR, garnering national attention, visiting Beavers, Ducks," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hand over

1652, in the meaning defined above

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