Hands Down

I saw an office email today announcing a contest for the person with the messiest desk. I thought “I could win that hands down!”

Then I thought, “Where did the saying ‘Hands Down’ come from? I think I’ll go ask the SDMB”

So, what’s the straight dope?

http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/?date=19970529

(Why don’t more people have this site bookmarked?)

“The dawn of a new era is felt and not measured.” Walter Lord

Wow. Good link, thanks. I was afraid for a bit there that I’d have to repost the question with a topic like “Hands down my pants”, or “Biblical Interpretation of hands” to generate more interest.