pass the baton


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pass the baton

To bestow a particular responsibility or job on 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 passed the baton to me.
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pass the baton

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hand over the baton

If you pass the baton or hand over the baton to someone, you give them responsibility for something. Does this mean that the baton of leadership is going to be passed to other nations? Last year, he handed over the baton to his younger colleague. Note: You can also say that you pick up the baton, meaning that you take over responsibility for something from someone else. Now, Colin's son, Clive, has picked up the baton and the company has a bright future. Note: In a relay race, team members pass on a baton as they finish running their stage of the race.
See also: baton, pass
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It was time to pass the baton,'' Watson said at Indianapolis, where he makes his senior debut today in the Comfort Classic at the Brickyard.
Larry Evans commented, "The appointment of Mark Fusco as CEO opens a new chapter in the evolution of the Company and this is a logical time for me to pass the baton to new leadership.
It was just a way of incorporating me in so if and when Oprah decided to leave, she could pass the baton.
The technology and its potential have been proven, and it's the right time to pass the baton to George and our experienced management team to move forward," Mr.
Now that the company is on solid footing as a leading enterprise collaborative workstyle solutions provider, I am choosing to pass the baton to a new successor who will shepherd Arel through its next phase of growth.
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said: "After 51 years of working side by side with our dedicated employees, customers and suppliers, it is with immense pride that I pass the baton to my son, Bill Channell, Jr.
Mahathir, the current Prime Minister of the nation, will retire and pass the baton to the current deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi.