passed the baton


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

Examples of passed the baton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, early data is coming through about our next generation of family makers: Gen Zers who have been passed the baton (or rattle) of parenthood, and all the rising costs that come with it. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 9 May 2024 So, he’s passed the baton to Lyman, and the firm is moving towards its future. Byallie Garfinkle, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2024 Former historical society president Roberta Rogers has passed the baton to Robert White III. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2023 Boland, now board chair, passed the baton to current president Cathy Minehan (another recruit of Popeo’s) two years ago. Jon Chesto,, 10 July 2023 Herrera passed the baton to riders like Santiago Botero, who won the king of the mountains title at the Tour de France in 2000, and Nairo Quintana, who finished second overall in the race in 2013 and in 2015. James Wagner, New York Times, 12 July 2023 When Jobs passed the baton to Cook, Apple’s market value stood at $350 billion. Michael Liedtke, Chicago Tribune, 30 June 2023 Now, the royal mom has stylishly passed the baton to her three kids. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 6 May 2023 Lady Diana, Emma Corrin, has officially passed the baton to Elizabeth Debicki to play the late Princess Di in the upcoming season five, as the new season will go through her divorce from Princes Charles and her death in 1997. Vulture, 18 Oct. 2022

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“Passed the baton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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