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noun     baton pronunciation in British English
/ˈbætɒn/    baton pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] music a stick that the conductor of an orchestra uses
    1. a.
      a stick that a runner in a relay race gives to the next runner
    2. c.
      a stick that someone who is marching with a band throws in the air and spins around in time with the music
  2. 2
    [singular] responsibility for something. If you pass the baton to someone, you give them responsibility for it, and if someone takes the baton or picks up the baton, they take responsibility for it.


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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