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pass (something) down (to someone)

1. To give something from a higher position to someone at a lower position. Can be used either literally or figuratively. While you're up on the roof, would you pass the measuring tape down to me? I left it up there yesterday. Due to new regulations passed down to us from our managers, I'm no longer authorized to give refunds for any reason other than defective goods.
2. To pass something to the person next to one, so that it may then be passed to the next person, and so on. Pass these worksheets down the aisle, please. Take a card and pass the stack down to the person behind you.
3. To bequeath or bestow something to another person, especially a young sibling or other relation. Nearly all the clothes I had as a kid were passed down to me by my brother. Instead of throwing away those toys, why don't you pass them down to your cousin's kids?
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pass something down (to someone)

 and pass something on (to someone)
1. to send something down a line of people to someone. (Each person hands it to the next.) Please pass this down to Mary at the end of the row. Pass down this box to Mary.
2. to will something to someone. My grandfather passed this watch down to me. He passed on the watch to me.
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pass down

v.
1. To transfer something from a higher level to a lower one: I passed the can of paint down to my friend who was painting the window. The main office passes down simple requests to our help department.
2. To transfer something to the next member of a sequence: Each player takes one card and passes it down to the next player.
3. To bestow something to someone, especially a younger relative: I passed down my old clothes to my younger sister. My parents passed a strong work ethic down to all of my brothers and sisters.
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References in classic literature ?
Differing one from another in natures and moods so greatly as they did, they yet formed, bending, a curiously uniform row--automatic, noiseless; and an alien observer passing down the neighbouring lane might well have been excused for massing them as "Hodge".
Passing down the back garden of the house, and crossing a narrow lane at the bottom of it, he opened a gate in a low stone wall beyond, and entered the church- yard.
He was passing down a mean street, when from an alley close at hand some shouts of revelry arose, and there came straggling forth a dozen madcaps, whooping and calling to each other, who, parting noisily, took different ways and dispersed in smaller groups.
The party from Uppercross passing down by the now deserted and melancholy looking rooms, and still descending, soon found themselves on the sea-shore; and lingering only, as all must linger and gaze on a first return to the sea, who ever deserved to look on it at all, proceeded towards the Cobb, equally their object in itself and on Captain Wentworth's account: for in a small house, near the foot of an old pier of unknown date, were the Harvilles settled.
Passengers who may wish to extend the time at Paris can do so, and, passing down through Switzerland, rejoin the steamer at Genoa.
They seemed to drive roads back to the very beginning of the world, on either side of which the populations of all times and countries stood in avenues, and by passing down them all knowledge would be hers, and the book of the world turned back to the very first page.
In doing so, she finds the path to healing and to passing down epigenetic tags of recovery, strength and wellness to future generations.
When your mum told you not to eat in bed, she was passing down wisdom her mother passed down to her, and her mother's mother passed down to her, all the way back to cavewomen not eating primeval-grain toast on the mammoth-fur bed.
A five-month-old baby was born successfully with the help of what doctors are calling a "revolutionary" three-parent fertility technique that allows parents with rare genetic mutations to procreate without passing down the mutated genes, New Scientist (https://www.newscientist.com/article/2107219-exclusive-worlds-first-baby-born-with-new-3-parent-technique/?cmpid=SOC%7CNSNS%7C2016-Echobox&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1474985189) reported on Tuesday.
I am all for passing down our hunting right and customs to our children, but this picture is not the way.
Today Bookstein is a "therapeutic accountant" who specializes in financial issues involving children, divorce and passing down family businesses from one generation to the next.
Rather than passing down a black-and-white ruling, the court added a confusing twist to the P2P question in the form of "inducement."
Patrons on the mezzanine may enter the balconies of the two larger theaters by passing down a walkway, which runs the length of the lobby's east side.
To bring that beauty alive, ABT has another secret weapon: Russian ballet mistress Irina Kolpakova, one of the great Kirov Ballet Raymondas, passing down in the studio daily what she herself got from the source.
The editor has assembled a treasure that chronicles our essence and continues the passing down of our wisdom.