Definition of pass the torch (on)chiefly US
- He is retiring and passing the torch on to his successor.
- She says she's ready to pass the torch.
: move, proceed, go
: to go away : depart
: a means (such as an opening, road, or channel) by which a barrier may be passed or access to a place may be gained
: a position to be held usually against odds
: the act or an instance of passing : passage
: a usually distressing or bad state of affairs
: a burning stick of resinous wood or twist of tow used to give light and usually carried in the hand : flambeau
: something (such as tradition, wisdom, or knowledge) likened to a torch as giving light or guidance
: any of various portable devices for emitting an unusually hot flame — compare blowtorch
: to set fire to with or as if with a torch
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