pass the torch (on)

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pass the torch (on)

chiefly US
: to give one's job, duties, etc., to another person
  • He is retiring and passing the torch on to his successor.
  • She says she's ready to pass the torch.

Word by Word Definitions

pass play
  1. : move, proceed, go

  2. : to go away : depart

  3. : die

  1. : a means (such as an opening, road, or channel) by which a barrier may be passed or access to a place may be gained

  2. : a position to be held usually against odds

  1. : realization

  2. : the act or an instance of passing : passage

  3. : a usually distressing or bad state of affairs

torch play
  1. : a burning stick of resinous wood or twist of tow used to give light and usually carried in the hand : flambeau

  2. : something (such as tradition, wisdom, or knowledge) likened to a torch as giving light or guidance

  3. : any of various portable devices for emitting an unusually hot flame — compare blowtorch

  1. : to set fire to with or as if with a torch


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