Hands off!

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hands off! keep off! forbear! no interference or meddling!
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the marriage ceremony of the Ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other
    • Hands off! keep off! refrain from blows! Hands up, a bushranger's call to surrender
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Quotations

  • Leo Burnett
    Leo Burnett
    “I've learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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    “My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!”
  • Paul Klee
    Paul%20Klee
    “Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.”
  • Meister Eckhart
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    “Man goes far away or near but God never goes far-off; he is always standing close at hand, and even if he cannot stay within he goes no further than the door.”

Idioms

Off-hand - Off-hand means without preparation. People say that they don't know the answer off-hand, meaning that they don't know it at that time.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hand; in all Teut. tongues, perh. rel. to Goth. hinthan, to seize.

Usage

In literature:

All hands knocked off work to watch the progress of the fight.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
Before she was in the water Jerry joined him, and, together with three other hands, they shoved off.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
He almost wrung my hand off as he took it in his grasp.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
Dinner being announced, my father handed off Emily; I followed with my sister.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Josephus told him to go ashore, and to cut off one of the hands of Clitus.
"For the Temple" by G. A. Henty
He helped her ashore and, with a wave of his hand to Captain Trimblett, set off by her side.
"Salthaven" by W. W. Jacobs
She would get her child taken off her hands, educated, and provided for.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
Get these mits off his hands.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
He felt his face burn at the reflection; he shook her hand off almost angrily.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
That finished off one hand and she paused as she began on the other.
"Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge" by Pemberton Ginther
We tackled the job off-hand, me strappin' a section on him, and he clampin' another on me.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
I can shoot well enough left-handed to hold off the beggars until dark.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
This done, his hand was held up against the stake, and struck off, his left hand being fastened behind him.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
They went off with Jim, to raise the other plantation hands, and inaugurate the hunt.
"Among the Pines" by James R. Gilmore
You'll be sent off there presently, with a few other fine fellows we have laid hands on.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Fegs, if I were a man, I could not keep my hands off him, and, 'deed, I have hard enough work as it is.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
Then cutting the spare end off, he secured his hands behind him.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
Mechanically her hands rippled up and down the keys while her fancy fluttered off after "Snow White" and "Rose Red.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
As her eyes swept into focus behind, the laughter slipped off her lips as if wiped by an invisible hand.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
His off hand lowered and he pulled a gun quickly, but a shot and a flash from the side of the road were quicker still.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
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In poetry:

Enough! God knows the time to lift His hand
And take
The veil from off the Memnon, and command
The music to turn purer for His sake.
"The Veiled Memnon" by Alexander Anderson
"I clothe your hands with power to lift
The curse from off your soil;
Your very doom shall seem a gift,
Your loss a gain through Toil.
"A Lay Of Old Time" by John Greenleaf Whittier
My Night! my Day!
Swift night and day betwixt, my world doth reel:
Potter, take not thy hand from off the clay
That whirls upon thy wheel.
"An Evening Prayer" by George MacDonald
The Raiders threw her upon the sand,
Men of the Wilderness know no laws,
They tore the Amethysts off her hand,
And rent the folds of her veiling gauze.
"Feroza" by Laurence Hope
Fain would I shake thee off, but weak am I
Thy strong solicitations to withstand.
Plenty of work lies ready to my hand,
Which rests irresolute, and lets it lie.
"Indolence" by Robert Fuller Murray
"Wylie," I said, and he open'd his eyes,
With a look of faint, far-off surprise;
Then, clasping my hand, he strove to speak,
As his ebbing breath wax'd slow and weak.
"Old Wylie's Stone" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

An East Village fitness studio is going to the downward-facing dogs because its "master trainer" can't keep his hands off the clientele, according to a blockbuster new lawsuit.
Eric Lilly hands off a chinook to Will Zack after the first pull in order to make their 10 am shipping deadline.
Tobii takes a hands-off approach to an old classic with "Eye Asteroids".
North Korea thus provides a paradigm of the dangers of a hands-off approach to international threats.
Hands off our deduction .
McMenimen will coach this year, but soon will hand off to Larsen.
Now we know that Bill Murray won't be involved and that the film will feature the other Ghostbusters handing off the proton packs to a younger group of 'Busters but what else would you like to see in this film .
Local authorities and marijuana advocates greeted President Barack Obama's apparent hands-off stance on marijuana prosecution in states where it's been approved for recreational use with mixed reviews.
Just try to keep your hands off.
He sees that Clowney understands the importance of clearing the lineman's hands off him.
Allstate wants teen hands off the wheel.
Hands-Off Install Leaves No Traces of Work.
Locks on means hands off.
Hands off state laws legalizing marijuana.
Jets' Running Backs Have Been Hands Off.
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In science:

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The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
By polarizing the beam, we can switch off some Feynman diagrams ‘by hand.’ One may then isolate particular amplitudes and determine fundamental parameters precisely [56, 57].
Supersymmetry and the Linear Collider
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Blocking up D-branes : Matrix renormalization ?
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Gluon Radiation and Parton Energy Loss
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The Quark-Gluon Plasma in Equilibrium
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Theory of Neutrinos: A White Paper
For present purposes, it is sufficient to simply cut off these divergence by hand, since we shall find that the leading long-time behavior of this term is subdominant anyway.
Decoherence in weak localization II: Bethe-Salpeter calculation of Cooperon
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Loop Quantum Gravity: An Inside View
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Rooted staggered fermions: good, bad or ugly?
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Functional integral treatment of some quantum nondemolition systems
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Hard-core bosons on optical superlattices: Dynamics and relaxation in the superfluid and insulating regimes
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Stabilizing the monodromy of an open book decomposition
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Black Holes in Higher Dimensions
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Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
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