Hand-down definitions

For a judge or court to release a decision upon a motion or at the resolution of a trial or appeal.
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To transmit in succession, as from father to son, or from predecessor to successor.

Fables are handed down from age to age.

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To deliver (the decision of a court, etc.)

The jury handed down a verdict of guilty.

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To forward to the proper officer (the decision of a higher court).

The Clerk of the Court of Appeals handed down its decision.

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(idiomatic) 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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