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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Devonish, who will race in the 100m and 200m events before the relays get under way, added: 'Their team is almost completely different from last year and they will have to start getting used to handing over the baton.
John Barbour got off to a blistering start, handing over the baton to Christian Malcolm.