hand something down from someone to someone


hand something down from someone to someone
hand something downfrom someone to someone
to pass something down through many generations. •

I hope we can make it a tradition to hand this down from generation to generation.

My descendants will hand down this watch from generation to generation.


Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • hand — noun 1》 the end part of the arm beyond the wrist, including the palm, fingers, and thumb.     ↘[as modifier] operated by or held in the hand.     ↘[as modifier or in combination] done or made manually. 2》 a pointer on a clock or watch indicating… …   English new terms dictionary

  • hand — [hand] n. [ME < OE, akin to Goth handus < base of hinthan, to seize (hence, basic sense “grasper”) < ? IE base * kent , ? to seize] I 1. the part of the human body attached to the end of the forearm, including the wrist, palm, fingers,… …   English World dictionary

  • hand down (something) — 1. to give something to a younger member of a family. Fewer and fewer small farms are handed down from one generation to the next. My grandfather handed his toy trains down to my father. Usage notes: sometimes said about people who are not… …   New idioms dictionary

  • hand — ► NOUN 1) the end part of the arm beyond the wrist. 2) (before another noun ) operated by or held in the hand. 3) (before another noun or in combination ) done or made manually. 4) a pointer on a clock or watch indicating the passing of units of… …   English terms dictionary

  • hand — hand1 W1S1 [hænd] n ↑finger, ↑fingernail, ↑thumb ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(part of body)¦ 2¦(help)¦ 3¦(control)¦ 4 get out of hand 5 on the other hand 6 hands off 7 in hand …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hand — 1 noun PART OF THE BODY 1 (C) the part at the end of a person s arm, including the fingers and thumb, used to pick up or keep hold of things: He held the pencil in his right hand. | Go wash your hands. | hold hands: They kissed and held hands. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hand — I [[t]hæ̱nd[/t]] NOUN USES AND PHRASES ♦ hands (Please look at category 56 to see if the expression you are looking for is shown under another headword.) 1) N COUNT Your hands are the parts of your body at the end of your arms. Each hand has four …   English dictionary

  • hand — hand1 [ hænd ] noun *** ▸ 1 body part at end of arm ▸ 2 help ▸ 3 clapping ▸ 4 part of clock ▸ 5 set of cards you hold ▸ 6 advantages in situation ▸ 7 someone working on farm/ship ▸ 8 handwriting ▸ 9 unit of height of horses ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • down — down1 [ daun ] function word *** Down can be used in the following ways: as a preposition (followed by a noun): She was walking down the street. as an adverb (without a following noun): She lay down and fell asleep. after the verb to be : Oil… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hand — {{11}}hand (n.) O.E. hond, hand hand; side; power, control, possession, from P.Gmc. *khanduz (Cf. O.S., O.Fris., Du., Ger. hand, O.N. hönd, Goth. handus). The original Old English plural handa was superseded in Middle English by handen, later… …   Etymology dictionary

  • down — I UK [daʊn] / US adjective, adverb, preposition *** Summary: Down can be used in the following ways: as a preposition (followed by a noun): She was walking down the street. as an adverb (without a following noun): She lay down and fell asleep.… …   English dictionary


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