An example of someone who would be described as hands-off is a manager who sits back and lets his staff do their own thing.
(comparative more hands-off, superlative most hands-off)
- Tending not to intervene
(comparative more hands off, superlative most hands off)
- not interfering with people's (employees, subjects etc) decisions and actions
- don't touch!
- (nautical) Cutting off a hand, decreed by old Admiralty law as punishment for pulling a knife during a fight with a shipmate.