hand down

hand down
arrange to give something to someone after your death

My grandmother handed down her silver jewellery to my mother.

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  • hand-down — adj. same as {hand me down}. Syn: hand me down, secondhand, used. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hand down — vt 1: to deliver (the decision or opinion of an appellate court) to the proper office of an inferior court 2: to make an official formulation of and announce (the decision of a court) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • hand down — ► hand down 1) pass (something) on to a successor. 2) announce formally or publicly. Main Entry: ↑hand …   English terms dictionary

  • hand down — v. (D; tr.) to hand down from; to (to hand down a tradition to the next generation; to hand down old clothes from one child to the next) * * * [ hænd daʊn] to (to hand down a tradition to the next generation; to hand down old clothes from one… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • 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 — 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 …   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 (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-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

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