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assume the mantle

To take, inherit, or receive the responsibilities and duties associated with a certain position or job, especially one regarded as important or powerful. The king led the country for over 60 years; now, his daughter will assume the mantle of the throne.
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assume the position

1. To take over the role and responsibilities of a particular job. My boss wants me to assume the position of treasurer this year, but I don't know if I want the extra workload.
2. A command issued by US law enforcement officers, meaning to stand with one's back to the officer and hold one's arms in a position to be either handcuffed or frisked. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I knew I was in trouble when they asked me out of the car, but I knew I was going to jail when they told me to assume the position.
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assume liability for

To take responsibility for something, typically a cost or expense. When you signed the contract, you assumed liability for fees like this.
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low profile

1. noun A state of being inconspicuous or avoiding attention. Used especially in the phrase "keep a low profile." A: "I haven't seen you in awhile—how are you?" B: "Oh, I'm fine, just keeping a low profile so I can finish my research by the deadline." It's hard for celebrities to keep a low profile when they go out in public. We'll have to keep a low profile while the police presence in the city remains heightened.
2. adjective Inconspicuous; modest and restrained in scope or style. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. My fiancée is something of a celebrity, so we're trying to have a low-profile wedding and avoid having the media bothering us on the day. You'll want to keep cash purchases like that fairly low profile if you don't want the feds investigating your finances.
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assume liability for something

to accept the responsibility for paying a cost. Mr. Smith assumed liability for his son's student loans. The store assumed liability for the injured customer's hospital bills.
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*low profile

Fig. a persona or character that does not draw attention. (*Typically: assume ~; have ~; keep ~; give oneself ~.) I try to be quiet and keep a low profile. It's hard because I just love attention.
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Conversely, a continuation of the Asian crisis should give us pause in assuming that our economy will remain robust indefinitely.
In a sense, this paraprofessional group played a "shadow" role to librarians, assuming responsibility for some of the "nonprofessional" work processes.
"We've been awfully provincial in assuming that our findings in social psychology reflect human nature," she argues.
If the 99-percent confidence interval isn't critical, then you can explore the investment decision further without concern for undue financial impact, assuming your risk management strategy has established structures to deal with aberrations, such as multi-year risk-financing arrangements (see box on page 46 for a guide to the accounting treatment).
Recently, many tenants have found new locations and met expansion goals by assuming the financing role themselves through creative transactions.
His work is based on directly solving the steady state diffusion-oxidation equation using concentration as the primary unknown and assuming a first-order oxidation reaction.
But in so assuming, these people unwittingly have provided the rest of us with our best occasion so far to understand and to talk about the need for sound and reasonably self-sufficient local food economies.
7166, or the Synchronized Election Act of 1991, which states that failure of the political party, which nominated the winning candidate, to file the SOCE could bar the latter from assuming office.
For example, rather than assuming that all the options are exercised if the stock price reaches a selected multiple of the exercise price, a lattice model also can permit the assumption that only a certain percentage of outstanding options are exercised.