hand over the baton

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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
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The lowest point was when the little girl handed over the baton to the Queen - who didn't give her a kiss or touch her with her hand as if to say thank you.