passed the baton

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of passed the baton

: to pass job and responsibility on to another
  • The chef recently passed the baton to her young assistant.

Word by Word Definitions

pass play passed
  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

baton play
  1. : cudgel, truncheon

  2. : a staff borne as a symbol of office

  3. : a narrow heraldic bend


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