Meaning of “hand sth back” in the English Dictionary

british dictionary

"hand sth back" in British English

See all translations

hand sth back

phrasal verb with hand uk /hænd/ us /hænd/ verb [ T ]

to return something to the person who gave it to you:

[ + two objects ] "No, I've never seen him before," I said, handing her back the photograph.

More examples

  • When I used the cashier's pen to sign the receipt, I forgot to hand her pen back.
  • When someone in the street handed him a leaflet, he just handed it straight back!
  • Miss Mills borrowed our scissors but she never handed them back.
  • I can't go anywhere until you hand me my car keys back, silly!
  • I took the screwdriver, tightened both the screws, and then handed it back to him.

(Definition of “hand sth back” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)