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All hands off

This is a nice mixture of “all bets are off” (referring to an agreement that is no longer valid) and “hands down” (easily or unquestionably).  A big thanks to Aryelle Young for unintentionally blurting this one out!

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It was a hands down case

This is a congruent conflation of “hands down” and “slam dunk”, the first an adverb and the second a noun, both meaning easily.  The context reveals the reader meant to say slam dunk, as he was referring to an arbitration case with a former employer that he expected to win.  A big thank you to Mike Kovacs who heard this one on NPR’s This American Life last week.