hand over

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hand over (third-person singular simple present hands over, present participle handing over, simple past and past participle handed over)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To relinquish control or possession of something to someone.
    I handed over the controls to the copilot.
    • 1951 August, Cecil J. Allen, “British Locomotive Practice and Performsnce”, in Railway Magazine, page 554:
      The train was handed over 21 min. late at Salisbury, so there was every encouragement to Driver Moore, of Salisbury, to "get a move on."
    • 2013 July 14, Joyce Lau, Calvin Yang, “University of Macau Moves Over the China Border”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 18 July 2013, Asia Pacific:
      When classes start in September, the University of Macau’s new campus — still under construction on about a square kilometer, or roughly 250 acres, on Hengqin Island in southern Guangdong Province — will be “handed over” to Macau governance in accordance with a 2009 bill by the National People’s Congress in Beijing.
    • 2024 February 10, Phil McNulty, “Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      Liverpool still have a game in hand but City have made up most of that lost ground and this was a resounding message that they will not be handing over the title.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To deliver (someone to an enemy, police, etc.).


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