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delegate (something) to (one)

To assign something, such as a task, to someone else. Oh, I delegated that boring paperwork to the interns immediately. If you're overwhelmed, why don't you delegate some of this stuff to the rest of your team?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

delegate someone to something

to appoint someone to something; to appoint someone to be something. I will delegate Jane to be our representative. Donna was delegated to attend the conference.
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delegate something to someone

to assign a task to someone; to appoint someone to do a specific task. I will have to delegate this job to Sam, who knows how to do these things. The job was delegated to Sally.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Meehan has the winter favourite for the Derby in Crowded House - a best-priced 13-2 with Sportingbet butthe Malton training can't wait for Delegator to get back on the track after working superbly yesterday mor ning.
So with a big each-way saver on Monitor Closely and despite the firm ground, it is hard to get away from DELEGATOR. He has the acceleration and he is the choice.
But it was Delegator who found that little extra for Durcan, a seven-time champion jockey in the UAE, as he squeezed through a gap between Awzaan and Sir Gerry to score by a neck.
Delegator's emotional trainer Brian Meehan was defiant as he unsaddled his horse, saying: "We said he was a good horse and that will silence the knockers."
Stan James: 7-2 Delegator, Rip Van Winkle, 9-2 Mastercraftsman, 9 Evasive, 10 Sea The Stars, 14 Cityscape, Gan Amhras, 16 Finjaan, 20 Lord Shanakill, Ouqba, 25 bar.
Trainer Saeed Bin Surour watched Delegator gallop on Tuesday and declared: "He worked over six furlongs and he worked very well so I'm happy with him.
He looks more straightforward than chief rival Delegator and, having reportedly delighted everyone in Ballydoyle in his final workout last week, Mastercraftsman should provide the stable with its first Royal Ascot triumph of 2009.
However, with only the St Leger remaining of the domestic Classics, Delegator and Crowded House have yet to strike from three appearances in Group 1 events.
The respondents rated their teaching style as an expert, formal authority, personal model, facilitator, and delegator.
Gallup research shows that founders who have and use high Delegator talent can generate better business growth and venture success than leaders who get lost in the day-to-day minutiae of managing a business.
Like Most Improved, Delegator was pummelled in the Classic's ante-post market and, like Delegator, Most Improved has been the recipient of rave reviews from Meehan, who has snapped up the services of Fallon in the likelihood that owner Iraj Parvizi's preferred jockey Frankie Dettori will be required by Godolphin on May 5.
Dubai Delegator bids to atone for his disappointment at Glorious Goodwood last month when he contests the Group Two CGA Hungerford Stakes over seven furlongs at Newbury today.
TEAM GODOLPHIN are looking forward to the July Cup with Delegator following an impressive piece of work on the gallops.
JULY CUP favourite Delegator will have to run the race of his life to lift Newmarket's Group 1 speed test on Saturday, Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford admitted yesterday.
DELEGATOR can prove himself the top-class sprinter that we are crying out for by winning the July Cup at Newmarket this week.
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