English expressions ~ hand-me-down VS passed down


hand-me-down - noun - a piece of clothing that someone has given to a younger person because they no longer want it (This has a slightly negative feeling)

"My dad's family didn't have a lot of money growing up so he had to wear his older brother's hand-me-downs.


pass something down - phrasal verb - to teach or give something to someone who will be alive after you have died (This has a more positive or special feeling. The thing you are given is important or valuable.

"This watch was passed down from my grandfather to my father, who then passed it down to me. It has been in our family for 3 generations."

This jewelry was passed down to my mother from my grandmother.
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