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pass the torch

To give something to someone else, often one's position and/or responsibilities. Because Gina is retiring, she is passing the torch to me as head of the department. My grandmother is unable to stand long enough to cook such a large meal, so she's passing the torch to us to make Thanksgiving dinner this year.
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pass the torch

Also, hand on the torch. Relinquish responsibilities, a tradition, practice, or knowledge to another. For example, When the company's founder became too ill to continue, he passed the torch to his nephew . This metaphoric expression alludes to the ancient Greek torch race, in which a lighted torch was passed from one runner to the next. A translation from both Greek and Latin, the English version dates from the late 1800s.
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pass the torch to someone

If you pass the torch to someone, you pass responsibility for something to them. Note: The torch referred to in these expressions is a long stick with burning material at one end which provides a light. This kind of torch is sometimes used in processions or parades. Supposedly, he would pass the torch to LeMond, seven years his junior.
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pass the torch

To relinquish (responsibilities, for example) to another or others.
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