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pass the torch

To transfer or bestow one's role, position, responsibilities, etc., to someone else. Gina is retiring next month, and she's passing the torch to me as head of the department. My grandmother is unable to stand long enough to cook such a large meal, so she's passing the torch to us to make Thanksgiving dinner this year.
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pass the torch

Also, hand on the torch. Relinquish responsibilities, a tradition, practice, or knowledge to another. For example, When the company's founder became too ill to continue, he passed the torch to his nephew . This metaphoric expression alludes to the ancient Greek torch race, in which a lighted torch was passed from one runner to the next. A translation from both Greek and Latin, the English version dates from the late 1800s.
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pass the torch

To relinquish (responsibilities, for example) to another or others.
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Next month I will pass the torch officially and end my tour as chief of Air Force Reserve and commander, Air Force Reserve Command.
In a statement to the nation quoted by the Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique, Albert said that he would "pass the torch to the following generation" citing his age and health, which do not allow him to perform his duties as consitutional monarch.
The award goes to the lawmaker "who has worked to preserve and build public trust in the institution of the state legislature and whose career embodies the highest principles of leadership--integrity, compassion, vision and courage." Naifeh, 72, said the time had come to "pass the torch to the next generation of leaders."
Formerly the largest bank by assets in the GCC, as well as Jordan and Lebanon, Emirates NBD has had to pass the torch after being overtaken by Qatar National Bank (QNB) and National Commercial Bank (NCB).
Cassano - a man once beautifully summed up by the description that 'he is so hot-headed they have to put fire retardant in his hair gel' - has sadly, for Manchester City fans, decided to map out who to pass the torch on to when he finally stops being the biggest walking controversy on the block in international football.
"Several more experienced activists and community leaders have told us that they feel excited about being able to pass the torch to or share leadership with these young leaders."
She's not ready to pass the torch yet, and probably never will be.
With "Desert Warriors," the Nigerian-born activist says he hopes to pass the torch to a younger generation of environmentalists.
To give responsibility to someone or pass the torch requires trust and commitment.