One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Passed on to a later generation or age.‘handed-down family recipes’
- ‘History is an elusive thing, and as those of us relativists who have a streak of sympathy for postmodernism would contend, history is just words anyway; bits and pieces of old documents, handed-down stories, the odd footprint here or there.’
- ‘Without handed-down prejudices, children will behave in a spirit of complete even-handedness.’
- ‘He was without personal vanity, surprising the Heythrop hunt by turning out in a yellow cardigan and his colleagues by wearing handed-down clothes and his son's shoes.’
- ‘Any children I should manage to have, once I get over thinking that only happens to other people, will grow up without the age-old, handed-down domestic myths and traditions that have passed between women of previous generations, because I don't have any to pass down.’
- ‘The Hebrews must certainly have encountered them, and learned the handed-down traditions of early Mesopotamia, the myths and tales.’
- ‘Mrs. Joyce's handed-down straw hat lifted off my head as we left the parking lot.’
- ‘As for beauty, granny had to depend on handed-down tips and recipes made from easily obtainable ingredients.’
- ‘For a would-be writer to discover that writing poems can be exciting, that poetry's possibilities are limitless rather than the opposite (as the handed-down conventions too often suggest) is a heady experience.’
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