One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Pass something to the next person in a series or succession.‘he had handed on the family farm to his son’
- ‘But they remain less than owners; they are more like trustees, with an obligation to maintain the structure and hand it on to successors in good working order.’
- ‘‘They had been in my family for generations, and the idea was to hand them on to my children,’ he said.’
- ‘Giuliani preached personal responsibility to the city's citizens, but he led by the example of his own willingness to take responsibility for making the city work and handing it on to his successor in markedly better shape than he found it.’
- 1.1 Pass responsibility for something to someone else; delegate.
- ‘You are handing the baton on to somebody else, and you hope the chap you are giving it to is going to run twice as fast.’
- ‘I will be very sad to leave them but I know I am handing them on to a well-trained young team who value the horses and the work they do.’
- ‘The upshot was that the ‘investigating magistrate’ eventually handed the case on to the intelligence unit, to peruse the evidence in full.’
- ‘At 8pm, we handed the vigil on to the next time zone.’
- ‘Duffy missed both straightforward kicks at goal before handing the duty on to Weisner who went on to land five from six.’
- ‘He would rather have handed the post on to Wendy Alexander, his special adviser during his time as Scottish secretary and his protégé in the cabinet.’
- ‘Two Charlestown-based ladies who covered some of this area for many years, Angela Casey and Bernie Mulligan and were organisers of Daffodil Day, have handed the baton on to a younger generation from here on.’
- ‘They temporarily handed the baton on to those bonny Charlestown fighters last year and the ‘Town’ did us proud, too.’
- ‘The market town's museum will be responsible for it for six weeks before handing it on.’
- ‘He talks about handing batons on, of the uselessness of the country's universities in providing its galleries with the proper staff, of the neglect of connoisseurship, of the absence of a latter - day Bernard Berenson or Kenneth Clark.’
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