hand over the reins

hand over the reins

to allow someone else to control something you controlled previously, especially an organization or a country Company chiefs are often reluctant to hand over the reins of power to younger people. (often + to ) I built up the business, but I handed over the reins to my daughter last year.
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Stand-in skipper Michael Clarke, who will hand over the reins with a flawless record during Ponting's rest period, also struck a half-century as Australia extended their dominance over England to 10 wins in 13 attempts in 50-over cricket.
Indignant Hussain came out fighting after predecessors Mike Gatting and Ian Botham called for him to hand over the reins to Vaughan in Test cricket as well.