pass the torch to someone

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 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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Being Editor has been a wonderful experience, but I think it's time to pass the torch to someone else.
I'm very proud that I've guided the company to a point where revenue is now the central issue, and together with the Board we feel it is the appropriate time to pass the torch to someone that has a market focus.