hand over the baton

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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.
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23 (ANI): The Delhi Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman, Suresh Kalmadi, on Friday said the Queen's Baton Relay 2010 will be launched on October 29 when Queen Elizabeth II hands over the Baton to President Pratibha Patil in Buckingham Palace in London.