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assume the mantle

To take, inherit, or receive the responsibilities and duties associated with a certain position or job, especially one regarded as important or powerful. The king led the country for over 60 years; now, his daughter will assume the mantle of the throne.
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assume the position

1. To take over the role and responsibilities of a particular job. My boss wants me to assume the position of treasurer this year, but I don't know if I want the extra workload.
2. A command issued by US law enforcement officers, meaning to stand with one's back to the officer and hold one's arms in a position to be either handcuffed or frisked. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I knew I was in trouble when they asked me out of the car, but I knew I was going to jail when they told me to assume the position.
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assume liability for something

to accept the responsibility for paying a cost. Mr. Smith assumed liability for his son's student loans. The store assumed liability for the injured customer's hospital bills.
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*low profile

Fig. a persona or character that does not draw attention. (*Typically: assume ~; have ~; keep ~; give oneself ~.) I try to be quiet and keep a low profile. It's hard because I just love attention.
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This, of course, is due to the facts that 1) the assumability feature of MMIF-insured mortgages saves the prospective purchaser the closing costs of a new mortgage, and 2) an assumed loan will offer that purchaser smaller monthly payments in times when current market rates are higher.
In such circumstances, the assumability feature would be of great value.
Obviously, in a declining interest rate environment, the assumability feature has little or no value.
In a rising interest rate environment, the assumability feature gives some MMIF-insured mortgages a major advantage over conventional mortgages with their due-on-sale clause.