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  • adj. not interfering with people's (employees, subjects etc) decisions and actions
  • interj. don't touch!
  • interj. Cutting off a hand, decreed by old Admiralty law as punishment for pulling a knife during a fight with a shipmate.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of hand off.


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  • "I see na how he/could/insult thy Wullie sae lang as he keepit his hands off him."

    New Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • Mal took his hands off him and got a file flash: Sammy railing against queers to Doc Lesnick, a weak point they could have played smart.

    The Big Nowhere

  • “Keep your hands off of her,” Edward answered blackly.


  • The Waziris laughed and took their hands off our reins.

    Castles of Steel

  • We could hear the murmur of a man's voice, then a woman's laugh, and Rossoff yelled, "Rube, get your hands off Alice, and come on in here!"

    Time and Again

  • Valves, tubes, condensers, and miles of that damned steam piping that would burn your hands off if you touched it.

    Ice Station Zebra

  • Sharon grabbed the dishcloth and began scrubbing at the dishes in the sink, forcing his hands off her arms, but they settled on her waist.

    Western Man

  • I only wish he had kept his hands off Alfington. '

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • Had he understood sea power, he might well have kept his hands off Poland until the Z Plan was completed; and in addi - tion he assumed that Britain could be persuaded to keep out of a continental war.

    Graf Spee


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