hand down

handed down; handing down; hands down

Definition of hand down

transitive verb

1 : to transmit in succession (as from father to son)
2 : to make official formulation of and express (the opinion of a court)

First Known Use of hand down

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hand down was in 1651

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“Hand down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand%20down. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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hand down

transitive verb

Legal Definition of hand down

1 : to deliver (the decision or opinion of an appellate court) to the proper office of an inferior court
2 : to make an official formulation of and announce (the decision of a court)

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