hand over the baton

hand over/pass the baton

to give responsibility for something important to another person
Usage notes: If someone running in a race passes the baton, they give a stick to the next person to run.
(often + to ) Dougal resigns as head of the treasury this month, passing the baton to one of his closest associates.
See also: hand
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At the summit, Vaughan will hand over the baton to British cycling supremo Sir David Brailsford, who hails from nearby Deiniolen, and London 2012 Paralympic Gold medallist Aled-Sion Davies.
Syed Arif then hand over the baton to Indian Olympic Association (IOC) president Suresh Kalmdi.
Patil will then hand over the Baton to Union Sports Minister M S Gill who will then pass it on to Kalmadi only to be handed over to the first Baton bearer Abhinav Bindra, India's first individual Olympic gold medallist.
The Organising Committee will hand over the baton to Sir Andrew Foster, chairman of Commonwealth Games Council, England, in a formal ceremony at New Palace Yard on October 30, which will then begin its journey around the nations and territories of the CWG.