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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

hand on the baton

To bestow one's responsibility or job upon someone else. An allusion to a relay race in which one runner literally hands a baton to the next runner. I have so much work to do now that my boss has retired and handed on the baton to me.
See also: baton, hand, on

pass on the baton

To bestow one's responsibility or job upon someone else. An allusion to a relay race in which one runner literally hands a baton to the next runner. I have so much work to do now that my boss has retired and passed on the baton to me.
See also: baton, on, pass

pass the baton

To bestow one's responsibility or job upon someone else. An allusion to a relay race in which one runner literally hands 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.
See also: baton, pass

under the baton of

Of a choir or orchestra, being conducted by (someone). It was great being under the baton of my old instructor again for our winter performance.
See also: baton, of

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

pass (or hand) on the baton

hand over a particular duty or responsibility.
In athletics, the baton is the short stick or rod passed from one runner to the next in a relay race. The related phrases pick up or take up the baton mean ‘accept a duty or responsibility’. Compare with hand on the torch (at torch).
See also: baton, on, pass

under the baton of

(of an orchestra or choir) conducted by.
The baton here is the rod used by the conductor.
See also: baton, of
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From Buckingham Palace to the Gold Coast, the international route of the Queens Baton Relay is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Gold Coast and Queensland to connect with the entire Commonwealth, the Premier said.
The Premier said the Designworks team, based in Brisbane, won the prestigious tender and the Baton was designed and manufactured right here in Queensland.
SOUNDS RIGHT: Scissett Youth Band is to take part in Brass the Baton, a unique London 2012 Olympic Games project, which takes the form of a giant relay race with five conductor's batons, each one representing an Olympic ring.
This is two lengths of baton each with one edge cut at a 45 degree angle.
Now screw your first spliced baton along the line on back of the frame.
Using your drill driver, screw the spliced baton to the back of the frame using the 10mm screws, along the line you've drawn.
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Satisfied that batons are a feature of British parliamentary tradition, Mr.
Convaincu que les batons font partie de la tradition parlementaire britannique, M.
Dorothy Taylor, chairman of the Coventry and North Warwickshire Federation of Townswomen's Guilds, passed on her baton to Joyce Barnes, her opposite number in the Birmingham Federation.
Standing in the shadow of Buckingham Palace and with the Duke of Edinburgh by her side the Queen sent her baton on its epic trip of more than 120,000 miles.