hand something down (to someone)

hand something down (to someone)
hand something down(to someone)
1. Lit. to pass something to a person on a lower level. •

Hand this wrench down to the man under the sink.

Please hand down this wrench.

2. Fig. to give something to a younger person. (Either at death or during life.) •

John handed his old shirts down to his younger brother.

I hope my uncle will hand down his golf clubs to me when he dies.

3. Fig. to announce or deliver a (legal) verdict or indictment. •

The grand jury handed seven indictments down last week.

The jury handed down a guilty verdict.


Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • hand-me-down — [hand′mē doun΄] n. Informal something, esp. an article of clothing, which is used and then passed along to someone else adj. Informal 1. used; secondhand 2. ready made and cheap …   English World dictionary

  • make something over to someone — TRANSFER, sign over, turn over, hand over/on/down, give, leave, bequeath, bestow, pass on, assign, consign, entrust; Law devolve, convey. → make …   Useful english dictionary

  • wave someone/something down — FLAG DOWN, hail, stop, summon, call, accost. → wave * * * use one s hand to give a signal to stop to a driver or vehicle …   Useful 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

  • 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 over — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you hand something over to someone, you pass it to them. [V P n (not pron)] He also handed over a letter of apology from the Prime Minister... [V n P] I ve got his card. Judith said, handing it over. 2) PHRASAL VERB When you… …   English 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 */*/*/ — I UK [hænd] / US noun Word forms hand : singular hand plural hands 1) [countable] the part of your body at the end of each arm that you use for picking up and holding things Mrs Bennet put her hands over her ears to shut out the noise. have/hold… …   English dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.