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hand over the baton

To bestow a particular responsibility or job to someone. The phrase refers to a relay race in which one runner literally passes a baton to the next runner. I have so much work to do now that my boss has retired and handed over the baton to me.
See also: baton, hand, over

hand on the baton

To bestow a particular responsibility or job on someone. The phrase refers to a relay race in which one runner literally hands a baton to the next runner. I have so much work to do now that my boss has retired and handed on the baton to me.
See also: baton, hand, on

pass on the baton

To bestow a particular responsibility or job on someone. The phrase refers to a relay race in which one runner literally passes a baton to the next runner. I have so much work to do now that my boss has retired and passed on the baton to me.
See also: baton, on, pass

pass the baton

To bestow a particular responsibility or job on someone. The phrase refers to a relay race in which one runner literally passes a baton to the next runner. I have so much work to do now that my boss has retired and passed the baton to me.
See also: baton, pass

under the baton of

(Of a choir or orchestra) being conducted by (someone). It was great being under the baton of my old instructor again for our winter performance.
See also: baton, of

pass the baton

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hand over the baton

If you pass the baton or hand over the baton to someone, you give them responsibility for something. Does this mean that the baton of leadership is going to be passed to other nations? Last year, he handed over the baton to his younger colleague. Note: You can also say that you pick up the baton, meaning that you take over responsibility for something from someone else. Now, Colin's son, Clive, has picked up the baton and the company has a bright future. Note: In a relay race, team members pass on a baton as they finish running their stage of the race.
See also: baton, pass

pass (or hand) on the baton

hand over a particular duty or responsibility.
In athletics, the baton is the short stick or rod passed from one runner to the next in a relay race. The related phrases pick up or take up the baton mean ‘accept a duty or responsibility’. Compare with hand on the torch (at torch).
See also: baton, on, pass

under the baton of

(of an orchestra or choir) conducted by.
The baton here is the rod used by the conductor.
See also: baton, of
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I urge locals to check out the website and see the Baton on its way to the Commonwealth Games.
Queen baton relay is an integral part of the Commonwealth Games and it travels through all the participating countries and its historic journey commenced from Buckingham palace London March this year', he said adding ' From Pakistan Baton will leave for India'.
The baton will be welcomed to Mold with a Baton Parade which will be waiting to escort the relay runners to the front of the theatre building before it is taken inside and onto the stage of the Anthony Hopkins Theatre.
Vice-chairman of Commonwealth Games Wales Jon Morgan said: "It's a wonderful occasion to see the baton arriving on the lifeboat, it was a really special moment.
The baton will be in Wales for four days next week, beginning its journey in Swansea on Tuesday before arriving at the CGI offices in Bridgend at 11.
He ran for part of his 200m stint before stopping to let young people who had turned out to see him touch the baton.
Scotland's most nominated baton bearer, Dr David Sedgwick, took the baton at Glenfinnan railway station.
Four Northumbrian sporting champions who had been chosen to be baton bearers helped schoolchildren in years 8 and 9 from across the county to become the potential future stars of Team England, with a day filled with sporting fun activities.
Athletes carrying the baton will cover a 2-3 km distance each.
The three baton bearers have been selected by Northumberland stakeholders in recognition of their contribution to sport and the community.
The monarch placed the unique hand-crafted baton made of titanium, wood and granite into the hands of sprint legend Allan Wells, winner of four Commonwealth Golds and the 100 metre Olympic sprint title at the 1980 Moscow Games.
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Mike Brown, from Scissett Youth Band, said: "We're the first to be passing the baton this Saturday but we didn't receive it until last night.
Using your drill driver, screw the spliced baton to the back of the frame using the 10mm screws, along the line you've drawn.
2 (ANI): The Queen's Baton for the XIXth Commonwealth Games 2010 reached the athletes' village on Saturday.