(third-person singular simple present hands down, present participle handing down, simple past and past participle handed down)
- To transmit in succession, as from father to son, or from predecessor to successor.
- Fables are handed down from age to age.
- To deliver (the decision of a court, etc.)
- The jury handed down a verdict of guilty.
- To forward to the proper officer (the decision of a higher court).
- The Clerk of the Court of Appeals handed down its decision.
- (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.