Definition of hand down phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's 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 somebody who is younger than you synonym pass down 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. 2  to officially give a decision/statement, etc. synonym announce The judge has handed down his verdict.
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