pass (something) down (to someone)

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pass (something) down (to someone)

1. To give something from a higher position to someone at a lower position. Can be used either literally or figuratively. While you're up on the roof, would you pass the measuring tape down to me? I left it up there yesterday. Due to new regulations passed down to us from our managers, I'm no longer authorized to give refunds for any reason other than defective goods.
2. To pass something to the person next to one, so that it may then be passed to the next person, and so on. Pass these worksheets down the aisle, please. Take a card and pass the stack down to the person behind you.
3. To bequeath or bestow something to another person, especially a young sibling or other relation. Nearly all the clothes I had as a kid were passed down to me by my brother. Instead of throwing away those toys, why don't you pass them down to your cousin's kids?
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pass something down (to someone)

 and pass something on (to someone)
1. to send something down a line of people to someone. (Each person hands it to the next.) Please pass this down to Mary at the end of the row. Pass down this box to Mary.
2. to will something to someone. My grandfather passed this watch down to me. He passed on the watch to me.
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pass down

v.
1. To transfer something from a higher level to a lower one: I passed the can of paint down to my friend who was painting the window. The main office passes down simple requests to our help department.
2. To transfer something to the next member of a sequence: Each player takes one card and passes it down to the next player.
3. To bestow something to someone, especially a younger relative: I passed down my old clothes to my younger sister. My parents passed a strong work ethic down to all of my brothers and sisters.
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References in classic literature ?
They passed down the room together a few moments later, the Marchioness wonderfully dressed in a gown of strange turquoise blue, looking up at her companion, and talking with somewhat unusual animation.
He avoided them and passed down the porch, but they cornered him against a rocking-chair and the railing.
A young mom was walking rosily on the hills as we passed down Uncle Stephen's Walk, with Paddy trotting before us.
Previous work has indicated that genes passed down from these ancestors are associated with high blood pressure among U.S.
The instructions have been passed down in an edict from from bosses at FIFA who are looking for a worldwide blitz on the crime along the same lines as the highly- controversial campaign at France98.
These new genes can be passed down from generation to generation.
DMD is an inherited disease carried by women and passed down to sons.
Some have suggested that the natural association between these molecules represents some quirk of early evolution -- and one possibly unique to earth -- that has been passed down.
Features such as dry stone masonry topping walls of mud brick and central posts that hold up ceilings have apparently been passed down over many centuries.
Huawei's initiative includes a campaign that highlights the importance of moon-sighting and the nostalgia of traditions as they continue to be passed down to younger generations.
The video shows moonsighting traditions being passed down to younger generations: after three children are unable to decide on the start date for Ramadan, they bring their doubt to their grandfather.
Sicherman explains that the trauma of our ancestors can be passed down through generations genetically.
'The skill has been passed down for three generations.
When your mum told you not to eat in bed, she was passing down wisdom her mother passed down to her, and her mother's mother passed down to her, all the way back to cavewomen not eating primeval-grain toast on the mammoth-fur bed.
London, April 6 (Petra)-- The historically important Farnese Blue diamond, which was passed down through European royal families for some 300 years, is to go on sale for the first time next month, auctioneers Sotheby's said.