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hand down something

phrasal verb with hand  us   /hænd/ verb [T]
  • (GIVE)

to give something to a ​youngermember of ​yourfamily when you no ​longer need it, or to ​arrange for someone ​younger to get it after you have ​died: My ​grandmother handed down this ​necklace to my ​mother.

hand down something

law
phrasal verb with hand  us   /hænd/ verb [T]
  • (DECIDE)

to make a ​legaldecisionknown to the ​public by making an ​officialstatement: The ​appealscourt handed down ​itsdecisionyesterday.
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