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pass the torch

To transfer or bestow one's position or responsibilitie to someone else. Because Gina is retiring, she is 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 someone

If you pass the torch to someone, you pass responsibility for something to them. Note: The torch referred to in these expressions is a long stick with burning material at one end which provides a light. This kind of torch is sometimes used in processions or parades. Supposedly, he would pass the torch to LeMond, seven years his junior.
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pass the torch

To relinquish (responsibilities, for example) to another or others.
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OWNER RETIRING AFTER 25 YEARS IN THE PIZZA BUSINESS IS READY TO PASS THE TORCH TO A YOUNGER BUYER.
"My HEART is at PEACE as I pass the torch to @anthonyf joshua-- the next generation.
He will pass the torch to Rebecca Moares dos Santos, an elementary school student, who will run to the Santos Dummont tramway station.
As I pass the torch to your new leadership team, I challenge all of you to continue to focus on our Airmen and their families.
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."
"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."
With "Desert Warriors," the Nigerian-born activist says he hopes to pass the torch to a younger generation of environmentalists.
It is time to pass the torch to another group willing to donate time to the community.
Jones is expected to pass the torch to new NAA Chairman Susan Clark-Johnson, president of Gannett's newspaper division.
Statement: I believe the future of the LWV is dependent on our ability to pass the torch to a new generation of young women leaders.
Alonzo, a veteran of the Machiavellian war on drugs waged in the very communities he comes from, has grown into an accomplished cynic ready to get out of narcotics and pass the torch to Hoyt, in whom he sees promise.
In the end, African American business owners will be empowered to realize Hughes' dream of economic empowerment for their own inner cities--and be prepared to pass the torch to future neighborhood entrepreneurs.
On Thursday, Petrounias will pass the torch to Brazilian volleyball player Giovane Gavio, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Barcelona 1992 and Athens 2004.