hand down


  1. To transmit in succession, as from father to son, or from predecessor to successor.
    Fables are handed down from age to age.
  2. To deliver (the decision of a court, etc.)
    The jury handed down a verdict of guilty.
  3. To forward to the proper officer (the decision of a higher court).
    The Clerk of the Court of Appeals handed down its decision.
  4. To donate (as second hand.)
    When my older brother grows out of his clothes, he hands them down to me, which later in turn I hand down to my little brother, if they're not ripped apart by then. We fall over a lot, this family of ours. And grow fast. Either way, my little brother ends up with tonnes of third-hand scruffy clothes. Maybe that's why he gets picked on so much.

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