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.

Examples of pass the torch (on) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today Eduardo Chadwick carries on the family tradition and will someday pass the torch to his four daughters, María José, María Eugenia, Magdalena, and Alejandra. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 The True Blood alum met with Howie Mandel, who hosted the original Deal or No Deal, to pass the torch — or, in this case, the briefcase. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 26 Feb. 2024 The contest between him and Djokovic was a fight between generations—the greatest player in one cohort trying not to pass the torch to the one who’s up next. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2024 Now, as more original YouTube creatives start to think about a life outside of filming 24/7, Kollman is hopeful that others can use Patrick’s path as a way to pass the torch to younger generations. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 9 Mar. 2024 Her goal is to pass the torch so that her culture, which has survived for hundreds of years, can keep going. Tanay Howard, Parents, 17 Feb. 2024 As the search for a new artistic director begins, my fear is this: The board will pass the torch to a dancer with vast experience inside the organization, but less experience watching dance in the larger world. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Don’t be afraid to pass the torch to others who are better suited for certain tasks. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 24 Oct. 2023 One of the most successful construction and architectural firms in U.S. is launching an initiative to help pass the torch. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 5 Oct. 2023

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“Pass the torch (on).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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