hand down

hand down
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "hand down":
present tense I/you/we/they hand down he/she/it hands down present participle handing down past tense handed down past participle handed down
1) to give knowledge or skill to someone who is younger than you and will live after you have died

These skills have been handed down from generation to generation.

2) to give clothes, toys etc to a younger child when an older child no longer needs them
3) to say officially that someone should receive a particular punishment

The family believes that the sentence handed down by the judge is too lenient.

English dictionary. 2014.


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  • hand down — verb passed on, as by inheritance (Freq. 1) This ring was handed down through many generations • Hypernyms: ↑pass on • Verb Frames: Somebody s something Somebody s something to somebody * * * hand down [phrasal verb …   Useful english dictionary

  • hand down — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you hand down something such as knowledge, a possession, or a skill, you give or leave it to people who belong to a younger generation. [V P n (not pron)] The idea of handing down his knowledge from generation to generation is… …   English dictionary

  • hand down — phr verb Hand down is used with these nouns as the object: ↑indictment, ↑penalty, ↑ruling, ↑sentence, ↑tradition, ↑verdict …   Collocations dictionary

  • hand-down — adjective passed on from one person to another not too proud to wear hand me down clothes • Syn: ↑hand me down • Similar to: ↑old • Derivationally related forms: ↑hand me down (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • hand down — Synonyms and related words: abalienate, add a codicil, alien, alienate, amortize, assign, barter, bequeath, cede, confer, consign, convey, deed, deed over, deliver, demise, devise, devolve upon, enfeoff, entail, exchange, execute a will, give,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • hand down — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. pass on, bequeath, grant; see give 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To convey (something) from one generation to the next: bequeath, hand on, pass (along or on), transmit. See GIVE. 2. To deliver (an indictment or… …   English dictionary for students

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