Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hands-off


characterized by nonintervention or noninterference


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hands-off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Let me see if I understand you correctly. Your boss assigns you a project and then lets you work with it as you decide?

Friend 2:  Yes.  I do what I think is best and only consult the boss when I have questions.

Friend 1:  Wow!  I think I would enjoy that sort of hands-off management style.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hands-off

Two mothers are talking ...

Mother 1:  I am quite worried about my son. He doesn't seem to be making friends as well as the other boys.

Mother 2:  I never interfere with that aspect of my son's life.

Mother 1:  I don't know if I could be hands-off. I think my son needs help.

Mother 2:  But maybe it is best if he figures it out for himself.

hands-off - Usage:


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hands-off - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for hands-off.

hands-off - Examples:

1)  The hands-off nature of any good automated backup program is a plus, of course, but ...

2)  A hands-off approach to managing a woods can let invasive plants take over.

3)  ... the employees we've spoken to say he has a relatively hands-off management style.

4)  ... the plans fail because the company took a hands-off approach to the entire process.

5)  ... built on the cooperation of the various groups in that country and based on a hands-off policy of the outside powers. 

6)  The Americans are very hands-off on this. U.S. intel(ligence) are working through middlemen.

7)  Wasn't a hands-off strategy of balancing budgets and letting capitalism sort things out, independently, ...

8)  Lasseter's management style is a mash-up of hands-off and hands-on -- he's known for empowering filmmakers to generate and execute their own ...

9)  For example, it would be ineffective to be " hands-off " with someone who has no prior experience with a task, ...

10)  The researchers' intent may be hands-off, to record a grammar and lexicon before a language is lost or contaminated, ...

11)  ... and from human intervention and data adjustment (our work is completely automated and hands-off).

12)  ... said grief counselors are on hand, but that officials are taking a hands-off approach to discussing anything publicly.

13)  ... is content to live out the next four years exercising a hands-off approach and leaving the problems of Depression America to local authorities.

14)  To the degree the candidates addressed housing, they mainly took a hands-off approach. "We need to get government out of the way."

15)  Are there any telltale signs that managers are micromanaging, auditing, or too hands-off?

16)  ... is neither of these, and as a hands-off approach is just plain lazy.

17)  ... the FDA, which shifted from demands that the company be shut down to a hands-off stance, ...

18)  The company also keeps an informal, hands-off approach to its succession program by setting goals and then standing back.

19)  I'm not hands-off enough for that and I tend to tinker while watching comprehensive highlights ...

20)  MMS developed a hands-off approach to regulation and was known for its deference to the companies it was supposed ...