hand over the reins

hand over the reins

To bestow a particular responsibility or job on someone. I have so much work to do now that my boss has retired and handed over the reins to me.
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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.