- The definition of hands-off is a policy of not intervening.
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.
hands-off definition by Webster's New World
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designating or of a policy, attitude, etc. of not interfering or intervening
hands-off definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Characterized by nonintervention: a hands-off foreign policy.
hands-off - Phrases/Idioms
An order to stop touching or interfering with something, as in Hands off the cake, children! This idiom is also put as keep one's hands off, as in She knew she had to keep her hands off so he could learn to tie his shoes by himself. [Mid-1500s]