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1. To give something to someone else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hand" and "on." Will you please hand my resume on to the hiring manager?
2. To leave or bequeath something to someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hand" and "on." I can't believe Grandmother handed all of her jewelry on to me!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
hand something on(to someone or something)
1. Lit. to pass something on to someone or a group. Please hand this on to Walter after you've read it. Please read this and hand it on.
2. Fig. to bequeath something to someone or a group. I want to hand this land on to my children. The family will hand on the business to a foundation.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Turn over to another, as in When you've read it, please hand it on to Sam. This term can also be used in the sense of "bequeath" (see hand down, def. 1). [Second half of 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To pass something to someone: I handed the letter on to my cousin after I read it. The lawyer handed on the contract to each party so that it could be signed.
2. To bequeath something to someone: The elders handed on their traditions to the younger generation. My grandparents handed the property on to me in their will.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.