Off hand

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Off hand See Offhand.
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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
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    “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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Usage

In literature:

Torode brought him to reason with a violent hand, and flung himself off with a black face.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
Rather cut off your hand than reach it after your neighbour's goods.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
He set off down the road, his hands in his pockets and his brows drawn into a stern frown.
"More William" by Richmal Crompton
She had taken off her gloves, too: her hands, somewhat large, were of a beautiful shape, and transparently white.
"Sunrise" by William Black
Father Roland appeared in great good humour as he slipped off his mittens and rubbed his hands over the stove.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
Then the private bound the Connie's hands, jerked his communicator control completely off, and turned his air back on.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
It is because I need you so much that I have decency to keep my hands off!
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
Layers of damaged tissue peeled off in his hand, but he continued massaging and changing the solutions, first saline, then nutrient broth.
"Star Surgeon" by Alan Nourse
Some of the men moved off with axes in their hands, and the sound of chopping began to echo through the forest.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
He liked, too, the off-hand deference of the men about him, from turnstile to betting shed, once his calling was known.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
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In poetry:

An archar off Northomberlonde
Say slean was the lord Perse;
He bar a bende bowe in his hand,
Was made off trusti tre.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
"Could not thy hand, my EDWIN , thine
Have warded off the blow?
For O, he was not only mine,
He was thy father too!—
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
Husband,
last night I dreamt
they cut off your hands and feet.
Husband,
you whispered to me,
Now we are both incomplete.
"Where It Was At Back Then" by Anne Sexton
My heart, my hand, my spirits fail,
When hiding off he goes;
My flesh, my foes my lusts prevail,
And work my daily woes.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
Both with spear, bylle, and brande,
Yt was a myghtti sight to se;
Hardyar men, both off hart nor hande,
Wear not in Cristiante.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
She wrings her hands in silent woe;
O God! I watch her shadow go
From off the lonely balcony,
And leave me sighing mournfully.
A still, small voice I've learned to hate,
Within me whispered, "T'is — too late."
"Imogene" by Eloise Alberta Bibb

In news:

Scalding tea drips off my right hand.
The number of hands helping to stave off invasive species increases each year.
GlaxoSmithKline launched new commercials for Alli, in time for New Year's resolutions and holiday overeating remorse, and handed off five OTC products.
Josh had to work out a few bugs in the hand-built car, but he was able to pull off a win in one of his heat races.
But New Hampshire is turning into a relay-race , with presidential candidates and their spouses handing off the baton to each other over the next few days.
Hands off Medicare, rinse the rich.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III hands-off the football to running back more.
For $5, you can "play" five hands, then scratch off the community cards to see if you've won.
NEW YORK – At the American Museum of Natural History, Brian Selznick likes to show off a meteorite that he moved single-handedly, all 34 tons of it.
Some people were turned off by the fact Hurricane's players - for the most part - didn't shake hands with George Washington's players following Friday's Class AAA game playoff game in South Hills.
A front-page business-section profile in that morning's Orange County Register had just rewarded the Santa Ana-based company with the journalistic equivalent of a pigskin hand-off by hailing the for-profit college's aggressive expansion.
His hands-on experience with road-racing sidecars and off-road outfits contributed to the success of his growing business.
Www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHz0XU624-M UK electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco has just unveiled the video for "Put Your Hands Together" off of its upcoming album, Unpatterns, due out May 15 on Wichita.
Michael Chabon pulls off a sleight of hand.
Our grooming expert tells you how to get them off your hands, feet, body, and face.
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In science:

On the other hand, there are in general fixed points for off-diagonal and twisted representations.
Permutation Orbifolds in Conformal Field Theories and String Theory
On the other hand, xi (t) has to consume servers in (cid:16)t j , t′ γ j (cid:16)βon + βo f f (cid:17) power to turn on/off servers γ j times in (t1 , t2 ).
Simple and Effective Dynamic Provisioning for Power-Proportional Data Centers
On the other hand, xi (t) has to consume (cid:16)βon + βo f f (cid:17) more power to turn on/off a server one time in (t1 , t2 ).
Simple and Effective Dynamic Provisioning for Power-Proportional Data Centers
On the other hand, if Z ≥ T j,E − α △, the server will not turn itself off and consume PT j,E to stay idle.
Simple and Effective Dynamic Provisioning for Power-Proportional Data Centers
Yet, due to the heavy neutrino spectrum degeneracy there is always a freedom to redefine the right-handed fields by an or thogonal transformation, so that all the real off-diagonal entries in H are put to zero and the matrix H is rendered diagonal.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
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