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Entry from July 24, 2021
“What’s the best Olympic sport?"/"Diving, hands down.”

"Hands down” means “without question.” In diving, the divers keep their hands down.

“What’s the best Olympic sport? Diving, hands down” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on July 24, 2021.

“The best time on a clock is 6:30. Hands down” is a related joke.


Wiktionary: hands down
Etymology
The origin of this colloquialism seems to have its roots in mid-19th century horseracing. When a horse jockey is nearing the finish line far ahead of the competition, “with victory certain”, he could drop his hands, relaxing his hold on the reins, and still win the race. “By the late 19th century the phrase was being used in non-racing contexts to mean ‘with no trouble at all.’”
Adverb
hands down
‎(comparative more hands down, superlative most hands down)
1. (idiomatic) without much effort; easily
2. (idiomatic) without question

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Christine
@christinezucker
New favorite sport, mens diving hands down! Holy shit!!
3:22 PM · Aug 14, 2011·Twitter for BlackBerry®

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Leslie Noye
@Leslie_Noye
I’m obsessed with synchronized diving! Hands down my new favorite spot #London2012
8:26 PM · Jul 30, 2012·UberSocial for BlackBerry

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Ashley
@CrashleyBrown
Favorite part of the Olympics… Men’s Diving, hands down. #attractivemen
9:48 PM · Jul 30, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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Samantha Lee
@SLEEanne
Men’s diving - hands down best event
12:10 AM · Aug 12, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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aj ~ Creatrix
@ariestess69
What’s your favorite water sport? — Diving, hands down. Followed closely by synchronized swimming and regular swimming. https://lap78.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECPW7B667HQMHN2IG6NM72NTJKAJS337PG7GI6S2J7FI2AT5AJKQFZH4AQJUK6YPUEQCIJXTKFAU34N7A55YPPSKNTBAUYVANCK4CBTQSKPHASRDWP5EQKX7ZSLTWOY5CEQE2DOGDAEAL2CF2FK7XWOEJV4PZ3KW56DNTG3LI7HSIUYA====
5:39 PM · Aug 13, 2018·Ask.fm

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/PBR_on_tap43 July 24, 2021
What’s the best Olympic sport?
Diving, hands down.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Saturday, July 24, 2021 • Permalink