hand over the baton

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
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At the summit, Vaughan will hand over the baton to British cycling supremo Sir David Brailsford, who hails from nearby Deiniolen, and London 2012 Paralympic Gold medallist Aled-Sion Davies.
Syed Arif then hand over the baton to Indian Olympic Association (IOC) president Suresh Kalmdi.
Patil will then hand over the Baton to Union Sports Minister M S Gill who will then pass it on to Kalmadi only to be handed over to the first Baton bearer Abhinav Bindra, India's first individual Olympic gold medallist.
The Organising Committee will hand over the baton to Sir Andrew Foster, chairman of Commonwealth Games Council, England, in a formal ceremony at New Palace Yard on October 30, which will then begin its journey around the nations and territories of the CWG.