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hand sth down

phrasal verb with hand uk   us   /hænd/ verb [T]

(OBJECT)

C2 to give something to someone younger than you in the family because you want them to have it or because you no longer need it: This necklace was handed down to my mother by my grandmother.

(TRADITION)

C2 to pass traditions from older people to younger ones: a custom handed down through the generations

(DECISION)

formal to announce an official decision, often a decision about how someone should be punished: The court handed down an eight-year sentence.
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