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English definition of “hands-off”

hands-off

adjective [before noun]     /ˌhændˈzɒf/ US  /-ˈzɑːf/
Someone who has a hands-off way of organizing or dealing with something allows other people to make decisions about how things should be done and avoids becoming directly involved: Paul has a hands-off style of management.Passive and not working
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