from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Football The act or an instance of handing the ball to a teammate during a play.
  • n. Sports The act or an instance of handing a baton to a teammate in a relay race.
  • n. The act or an instance of passing something or the control of it from one person or agency to another: a handoff of the aircraft from one control tower to another.

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  • n. Alternative form of hand-off.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A football play in which one player hands the ball to a teammate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (American football) a play in which one player hands the ball to a teammate


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  • I'm not sure if the television folks picked this up or not, but all three of Harris's big runs came off of the same inside handoff from the shotgun formation.

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  • "We feel that zone handoff is our best play," Grobe said.

  • Knowing his kicking game has been horrendous, Carr called for a fake and Brabbs took a handoff from the holder and ran to the

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  • GCA OK, well, I was the one who just took that handoff and, ah, I understand he was about seven miles when I took the handoff, is that the one?

    Barnes, Charles R.

  • "Improving this handoff translates into synchronizing manufacturing execution with customer demand and improving the collaborative processes for supply chain planning and manufacturing operations, both of which were identified as the top two strategic actions by the respondents," explains Nari Viswanathan, VP / Principle Analyst,

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  • When the president’s father, the first President Bush, became the Republican nominee in 1988, White House aides orchestrated a very careful handoff from the outgoing president, Ronald Reagan, to the elder Mr. Bush.

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  • On his next offensive drive, Kyle once again botches a handoff, which is fumbled, though an alert Patriot dives on the ball and recovers it for a lucky first down.

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  • "A handoff is a dereliction of duty," he told his boss, Howell Raines, as they grappled with the fallout from Jayson Blair's fabrications.

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  • "We got our season best in the 4x100, but our handoff was a little shaky between the first and second runners," Hendricks said.


  • Lauryn Williams, the 2005 world champion at 100 meters, led off for Team USA Red in stunning style, handing off to Allyson Felix well in the lead, even if the handoff was a bit tentative.



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  • Preventable adverse events — injuries due to medical errors — are a major cause of death among Americans. Although some progress has been made in reducing certain types of adverse events, overall rates of errors remain extremely high. Failures of communication, including miscommunication during handoffs of patient care from one resident to another, are a leading cause of errors; such miscommunications contribute to two of every three “sentinel events,” the most serious events reported to the Joint Commission. The omission of critical information and the transfer of erroneous information during handoffs are common. As resident work hours have been reduced, handoffs between residents have increased in frequency.

    Amy J. Starmer et al.l, "Changes in Medical Errors after Implementation of a Handoff Program, New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 371, pp. 1803-12 (2014) (footnotes omitted).

    March 23, 2016

  • See hand-ff.

    March 23, 2016