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verb (tr, adverb)

to leave to a later period or generation; bequeath
to pass (an outgrown garment) on from one member of a family to a younger one
law to announce or deliver (a verdict)

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Idioms and Phrases with hand down

hand down

1

Bequeath to one's heirs, as in The silver and jewels have been handed down from generation to generation in that family. [Late 1600s]

2

Make and pronounce an official decision, especially the verdict of a court. For example, The judge wasted no time in handing down a sentence of contempt of court. [First half of 1900s] Also see hand on; hand over.

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