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[handz-awf, -of] /ˈhændzˈɔf, -ˈɒf/

characterized by nonintervention or noninterference:
the new hands-off foreign policy.
remote or unfriendly; estranging:
a truculent, hands-off manner toward strangers.
(of a machine, device, etc) without need of manual operation
denoting a policy, etc, of deliberate noninvolvement: a hands-off strategy towards industry

also hands off, as an adjective, by 1895. As a command to desist, by 1810.


Noninterfering; passive: the president’s hands-off policy (1902+)


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