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Post by Archived Topic » Fri Dec 27, 1996 12:00 am

What is the origin of the expression "hands down"? It means to win easily or without question.
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hands down

Post by Jonathon Green » Mon Dec 30, 1996 8:00 am

The phrase refers to a jockey dropping his hands, and so relaxing his hold on the reins, when victory appears certain.
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