pass (something) down

idiom

: to give (something) to a younger person especially within the same family
She will pass her diamond ring down to her niece.
It's a family recipe passed down from my great-grandmother.

Examples of pass (something) down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My hope in that song was to not pass down certain things that had unfortunately been done to me in my life. Dan Hyman, Vulture, 14 Mar. 2024 Likewise, in a series of decisions from the 1970s and 1980s, the court ruled that Hindu priests did not have a constitutional right to pass down their positions to their heirs. Deepa Das Acevedo, Foreign Affairs, 4 Apr. 2019 The highly social animals pass down hunting strategies from generation to generation, meaning each pod has a unique approach. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 20 May 2024 Females are also often the ones who will pass down tool-use behavior to offspring. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 16 May 2024 In the second quarter, while rolling right and being chased, Ward connected with Restrepo on a long pass down the right sideline. Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald, 14 Apr. 2024 Some have speculated that the changes could affect credit card rewards, or perhaps allow merchants to pass down savings to customers. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2024 Frans de Waal, who used his study of the inner lives of animals to build a powerful case that apes think, feel, strategize, pass down culture and act on moral sentiments — and that humans are not quite as special as many of us like to think — died on Thursday at his home in Stone Mountain, Ga. Alex Traub, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 That’s obviously one way people pass down generational wealth, and Black people don’t have a lot of ways to do that. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Mar. 2024

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“Pass (something) down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pass%20%28something%29%20down. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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