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Definition of hand down phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


hand down

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    hand somethingdown (to somebody)

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  1. 1[usually passive] to give or leave something to someone who is younger than you synonym pass somethingdown These skills used to be handed down from father to son. Most of his clothes were handed down to him by his older brother. related noun hand-me-down
  2. 2to officially give a decision, statement, etc. synonym announce The judge has handed down his verdict.
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