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pass 1

Pronunciación: /pɑːs/


1Move or cause to move in a specified direction: [no object, with adverbial of direction]: he passed through towns and villages a plane was passing lazily overhead [with object and adverbial of direction]: he passed a weary hand across his forehead pass an electric current through it
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  • A shiver passed along her body.
  • You travel along the coast and have some great views of the scenery, passing through several towns along the way.
  • Geoff said people will get the best view at about midnight each night when Mars passes directly overhead.
go, proceed, move, progress, make one's way, travel, drive, fly;
run, flow, course, stream, roll, drift, sweep
1.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Change from one state or condition to another: homes which have passed from public to private ownership
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  • Iron has the property of readily passing from one valency condition to the other, as connects iron with the rhythmic breathing process.
  • We show that channels pass through a dilated condition with altered selectivity as they are becoming defunct.
  • But if the copyright is not worth even $1 to the owner, then we believe the work should pass into the public domain.
1.2 [no object] euphemistic, chiefly North American Die: I was with him the night he passed
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  • After my father passed away, my sisters got married, but I told my mother I didn't want to get married so soon.
  • Life was difficult after her father passed away in 1946 and eventually the family farm was sold.
  • Sadly, my father, Roy, passed away in August 2001 after a two-year battle with cancer.
2 [with object] Go past or across; leave behind or on one side in proceeding: on the way to the station she passed a cinema the two vehicles had no room to pass each other [no object]: we will not let you pass
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  • Whenever I pass the old drive-in cinema south of the Heavitree Gap, I get a melancholy feeling.
  • All drivers have to do to pass each other safely is to stay on their side of the road.
  • We passed the Greenbank station and went down to the railroads shops just a mile or two down the road.
2.1Go beyond the limits of; surpass or exceed: the Portuguese trade passed its peak in the 1760s this item has passed its sell-by date
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  • Changes in the market started way back when the Nasdaq passed its peak last year.
  • At some point the limit of acceptable risk has been passed.
  • On the plus side the group has already passed its peak capital investment on the network.
2.2 Tennis Hit a winning shot past (an opponent).
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  • He chased down every drop shot and passed Nastase with ease.
  • He saves the first with a fine backhand volley but is passed by his opponent on the next.
  • He began the finals last week in his customary way of drawing Richards, the best volleyer in the world, to the net so that he could win points by passing him.
3 [no object] (Of time) elapse; go by: the day and night passed slowly
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  • A moment of silence passed and he slowly lowered his arm, as if he had thought better of it.
  • The weeks passed slowly, but I never had a moments rest to think about anything.
  • The evening passes agonisingly slowly.
elapse, go by, go past, proceed, progress, advance, wear on, slip by, slip away, roll by, glide by, tick by
3.1 [with object] Spend or use up (a period of time): this was how they passed the time
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  • The villagers pass the long winter nights by listening to stories.
  • Without television, radio, or books, the bath was one way to pass the cold winter days.
  • When I was awake I passed the time by munching on bags of sweets.
occupy, spend, fill, use (up), employ, devote, take up, while away, beguile;
kill, waste, fritter, dissipate
3.2Come to an end: the danger had passed
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  • The issue has waited until well after electoral danger has passed before emerging.
  • They holed themselves up until the danger had passed.
  • Remember that half-hardy and tender plants should not be planted out until all danger of frost has passed.
come to an end, cease to exist, fade, fade away, melt away, blow over, run its course, ebb, die out, evaporate, vanish, peter out, draw to a close, disappear, finish, end, cease, terminate
rare evanish
3.3Happen; be done or said: not another word passed between them [with complement]: this fact has passed almost unnoticed
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  • Even now, after all that passed between us, I think what he told us was basically true.
  • It seems reasonably clear that something passed between them on the subject.
  • Something else had passed between them, she felt sure of it.
literary befall
rare eventuate
go unnoticed, go unheeded, stand, go, be accepted, go unremarked, go undisputed, go uncensored
4 [with object and usually with adverbial of direction] Transfer (something) to someone, especially by handing or bequeathing it to the next person in a series: your letter has been passed to Mr Rich for action pass the milk the poem was passed from generation to generation [with two objects]: he passed her a cup
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  • If you're fed up paying too much for petrol, please pass this message on.
  • Will you please pass the salt, I don't think these French fries were salted.
  • Please pass this information on to anyone you know who may be interested.
hand, let someone have, give, hand over, hand round, reach;
transfer, convey, deliver;
throw, toss
informal chuck, bung
4.1 [no object, with adverbial] Be transferred from one person or place to another, especially by inheritance: if Ann remarried the estate would pass to her new husband
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  • As Mrs Bennet complained, it was cruel for the estate to pass to a Mr Collins ‘whom nobody cared about’.
  • Both landlord and tenant have legal estates which may pass to others on sale, by way of gift or under the rules of testate or intestate succession.
  • It is well known that cells from the blood of the foetus can pass to the mother during pregnancy.
be transferred, be made over, be turned over, be signed over, go, devolve, be left, be bequeathed, be handed down/on, be given, be consigned, be passed on
4.2(In soccer, rugby, and other games) kick, hit, or throw (the ball) to another player of one’s own side: his intent was to pass the ball forward rather than knock it back
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  • Everybody wants to dunk and showboat, but few can make free throws or pass the ball.
  • But Todd was disappointed with only a point and felt his side should have passed the ball a lot better.
  • The game starts and the ball is passed from player to player.
kick, hit, throw, head, lob, loft
4.3Put (something, especially money) into circulation: persons who have passed bad cheques
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  • One of my earlier cases was investigating a bad cheque that had been passed at a local merchant.
  • When the FBI grabs him for passing counterfeit money, he cuts a deal.
  • She was given community service after admitting passing counterfeit currency.
4.4 [no object] (Especially of money) circulate; be current: racegoers had formed card schools, and cash was passing briskly
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  • The rent currently passing under the lease is £10, 660.00 per annum.
  • Does it matter that there is real money passing in some and not others?
  • The significant difference here is that no money passed at the first meeting.
5 [with object] (Of a candidate) be successful in (an examination, test, or course): she passed her driving test
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  • There is an intense pressure on them to be successful - to pass exams and tests.
  • Applicants must pass a written test.
  • Every two years they have to take a refresher course and pass the test.
be successful in, succeed in, gain a pass in, get through, come through, meet the requirements of, pass muster in;
qualify, graduate
informal come up to scratch in, come up to snuff in, sail through, scrape through
5.1Judge the performance or standard of (someone or something) to be satisfactory: [with object and complement]: he was passed fit by army doctors
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  • I have a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and they have passed me fit to box.
  • In fact, if he is passed fit to play following his ankle ligament injury, he will suffer from a serious lack of match fitness.
  • He was passed fit to ride by the doctor on Saturday morning.
5.2 [no object] (pass as/for) Be accepted as or taken for: he could pass for a native of Sweden
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  • They watch the corporate owned media and accept the garbage passed as news.
  • We feel obliged to come up with something that passes as native.
  • We have to accept that most of what passes for knowledge cannot be proved beyond all doubt.
be mistaken for, be taken for, be regarded as, be accepted as
5.3 [no object] Be accepted as adequate; go unremarked: she couldn’t agree, but let it pass
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  • Harry had been ready to let it pass, to accept his confession, and he had refused that.
  • I feel that he does not believe me and although this is hard for me to accept I let it pass.
  • A boy was bitten by his neighbour's dog but his parents just let it pass because they thought the boy was not seriously injured.
6(Of a legislative or other official body) approve or put into effect (a proposal or law) by voting on it: the bill was passed despite fierce opposition
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  • In our system of government, he said, the legislature passes laws and then the executive interprets them.
  • Laws are passed with retrospective effect, late at night with bipartisan support and virtually no debate.
  • Laws are passed by legislatures on the basis of necessity, rather than morality.
6.1 [no object] (Of a proposal) be approved by a legislative or other official body: the Bill passed by 164 votes to 107
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  • That plan passed the Senate but died in the House as lawmakers wrapped up work to adjourn for the year.
  • While the voucher scheme did not pass Congress, the testing proposals passed both the House and the Senate.
  • The bill was removed from the legislature's schedule, together with other bills that failed to pass committee review.
approve, vote for, accept, ratify, adopt, carry, agree to, authorize, sanction, endorse, validate, legalize, put into effect, enact
informal OK
7 [with object] Pronounce (a judgement or judicial sentence): passing judgement on these crucial issues it is now my duty to pass sentence upon you
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  • The judicial decision must be made before sentence is passed and the decision must be made obvious by the judge.
  • The Court also declared that only a member of the judiciary could pass a sentence and that this was out of the remit of the Home Secretary.
  • On that day the Crown invited the court to proceed to pass sentence on both defendants, and to postpone the determination of a confiscation order.
declare, pronounce, utter, express, deliver, issue, set forth
7.1Utter (something, especially criticism): she would pass remarks about the Peebles in their own house
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  • Everyone thought they had the right to pass comment and judgement on her.
  • Justine said that when in company some people had passed remarks such as: ‘Have you tried to kill yourself?’
  • They were young guys themselves and they kept passing comments.
7.2 [no object] (pass on/upon) archaic Adjudicate or give a judgement on: a jury could not be trusted to pass upon the question of Endacott’s good faith
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  • In the theory of our legal system that is a matter for a jury to pass upon, not for judges, though judges have to do it in the retrospective courts of criminal appeal.
  • Why do we not think in terms of your right, prima facie, unless it is a very clear case, to have the matter passed upon by a jury of fellow citizens?
  • If the hypothesis is that good practice suggests that the jury should pass upon the differentiation, then procedure just has to bend to the resolution of the question.
8 [with object] Discharge (something, especially urine or faeces) from the body: she may have difficulty in passing urine
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  • Men may have a discharge, pain on passing urine or painful testicles.
  • This is simply to help relax the muscles - no urine will actually be passed.
  • Catheters are thin flexible tubes which are inserted into the bladder to allow urine to be passed.
9 [no object] Forgo one’s turn in a game or an offered opportunity to do or have something: we pass on pudding and have coffee
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  • Thank you for the offer, but I think I'd better pass.
  • I had three opportunities to sell, all of which I passed on because I thought something bigger and better was coming.
  • We passed on a sweet and ordered a second bottle of fizz instead.
9.1 [as exclamation] Said when one does not know the answer to a question, for example in a quiz: to the enigmatic question we answered ‘Pass’
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  • A fellow was asked a few questions on 20th Century Irish history, and he kept saying ‘pass’, to every question.
  • It is easy enough to say ‘Pass’ at once when I know that I don't know and have never known the answer to a question.
9.2 [with object] (Of a company) not declare or pay (a dividend): the company has already passed its interim dividend
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  • When the Company passed its dividend in 1867, the value of its shares fell sharply.
  • They'll have to pass their dividend.
  • It passed its halfyear dividend and turnover fell almost 30 per cent.
9.3 Bridge Make no bid when it is one’s turn during an auction: South bids 1NT. North passes
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  • Some play that if the first three players pass, the dealer is not allowed to pass, but must bid.
  • If at least one bid was made, the auction ends when two players have passed.
  • Each bid must be higher than the previous one, and a player who does not wish to bid can pass.


1An act or instance of moving past or through something: repeated passes with the swipe card an unmarked plane had been making passes over his house
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  • The fresh bull is put through its paces by the banderillos and the matadors, who will make some passes to study its movement and pace.
  • Ben flew his first eight night passes, and we departed the pattern for our side-to-side crew swap.
  • A seaplane operated by protest groups made several passes over the area.
1.1An act of passing the hands over something, as in conjuring or hypnotism.
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  • At the end of his prayer he made a pass with his hands, and suddenly his mind was filled with the image of his master, dead in his chambers.
  • Before the startled girl could move, the witch made a pass with her hands and muttered a spell and the girl was instantly transformed into a bird.
  • As he spoke, he made a magician's pass, and a microphone appeared in his hand.
1.2A thrust in fencing.
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  • Agrippa taught this form of shoulder thrust along with the common use of the pass.
  • He fells them with one sweeping pass of his sword.
  • He cut off the attacker's hand with a single pass, but another blade had already found his left side exposed.
1.3A juggling trick.
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  • In this case you juggle 4 for a bit, throw a pass and then juggle 3 for a bit.
1.4 Computing A single scan through a set of data or a program.
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  • The whole thing can now be done with a single pass, using a single repository and that's a big boon.
  • You can also overwrite the disk with one or more passes of random data, though this additional step is not necessary.
  • In all honesty, I have yet to create a regular expression in my work without a couple of passes to get it exactly right.
2A success in an examination, test, or course: an A-level pass in Music [as modifier]: a 100 per cent pass rate
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  • Drivers are expected to fork out £53 of their own money to take the test which has a pass rate of just 35 per cent.
  • At Manchester High School for Girls the pass rate was 100 per cent.
  • She was delighted with the results and the overall pass rate of 97 per cent.
2.1British An achievement of a university degree without honours.
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  • They include those who come down from University with no other qualification than a pass degree and perhaps a Blue, and no prospects whatsoever.
  • The University of London revealed she only achieved a pass in her degree.
  • He went on to Christ's College, Cambridge, took a pass degree, and became a clergyman.
3A card, ticket, or permit giving authorization for the holder to enter or have access to a place, form of transport, or event: a bus pass you could only get in with a pass
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  • All personnel on duty in Portsmouth for the duration of the festival will get special passes giving free access.
  • My media pass only permitted access to the Grandstand, where the dress rules were more relaxed.
  • Entry to the event is free, but strictly through student ID cards or passes.
permit, warrant, authorization, licence;
passport, visa, safe conduct, exeat;
free ticket, free admission, complimentary ticket
3.1 historical (In South Africa) an identity book which black people had to carry between 1952 and 1986, used to limit the movement of black people to urban areas.
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  • Bloemfontein was one of the few cities where the number of African women was nearly as high as men, and the Free State authorities demanded that women carry urban residential passes.
  • She protested against women having to carry passes in the 1950s.
  • About 10,000 people marched to the local police stations to turn themselves in for not carrying their passes.
4(In soccer, rugby, and other games) an act of kicking, hitting, or throwing the ball to another player on the same side: his cross-field pass to Giggs
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  • The players were subdued, passes went astray, and the game lost any intensity.
  • He's throwing short and intermediate passes with laserlike accuracy but must improve on the deep ball.
  • He became reluctant to run the ball when pressured and sometimes threw ill-timed passes.
kick, hit, throw, shot, header
5 informal An amorous or sexual advance made to someone: she made a pass at Stephen
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  • Rick had made a pass at her little sister.
  • His gay feelings were aroused by a man who made a pass at him in the cinema.
  • He and the woman were having a drink together when she made a pass at him.
make sexual advances to, make advances to, make sexual overtures to, proposition, make a sexual approach to
North American informal hit on, make time with, put the make on
dated make love to
6A state or situation of a specified, usually undesirable, nature: if this was what was being taught these days in colleges things had come to a pretty pass
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  • It is unlikely that the situation will ever come to such a pass because good sense is ultimately bound to prevail.
  • This marks a sad pass for a brand name that, while dreaded by many parents, spelled excitement to a generation of kids.
  • But don't you see, my poor darling, that loyalty is a silly virtue in the pass we are in?
reach a regrettable/bad state (of affairs), be in a worrying state, be in a sad plight, be in troubled circumstances, be in dire straits
informal be in a pickle/hole
7 Bridge An act of refraining from bidding during the auction.
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  • The bidding ends after two consecutive passes.
  • The player that opened with a pass may respond by doubling the bid, in which case the usual procedure is followed.



pass the baton

see baton.

pass the buck

see buck3.

pass one's eye over

Read (a document) cursorily.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • My best friend is a libel lawyer, so I would get him to pass his eye over it as well.
  • I have passed my eye over as many passages of the 'Southern Farmer and Market Gardener,' as time and circumstances permitted me to do.
  • She has agreed to pass her eye over my personal journal and point out the typos.

pass go

Successfully complete the first stage of an undertaking: home builders can’t actually pass go unless they sell the houses
From a manoeuvre in the board game Monopoly
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  • Nor have I got a pass go collect £200 option either.
  • All of this newest craze will undoubtedly be judged by how many times we "pass go" on the boards.
  • But unless we apply the knowledge that we have gained, we cannot pass go, as it were.

pass the hat (round)

see hat.

pass one's lips

see lip.

pass muster

see muster.

pass the parcel

Pronunciación: /ˌpɑːs ðə ˈpɑːsl/
see parcel.

pass the time of day

see time.

pass water

Oraciones de ejemplo
  • A special ‘urine police’ squad is to be launched under plans to halt the damage being caused to historic buildings by men passing water on them.
  • He would cast doubt on the manliness of a player by asserting that he could only carry out the bodily function of passing water while in a sitting position.
  • We were both passing water in to the same toilet bowl, and he was telling me in faltering English how proud he was to be part of this company.

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pass away

euphemistic Die: she passed away in her sleep
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  • The match was preceded by a minutes silence, in memory of former Boleskine player Johnny Kennedy, who passed away this week.
  • My mum was poorly, then she passed away.
  • Additionally, Gerry Thomas, the inventor of the TV dinner, has also passed away at the age of 83.

pass someone by

Happen without being noticed or fully experienced by someone: sometimes I feel that life is passing me by
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  • If you are not accustomed to being up at this hour, it's one of those pleasures in life that is passing you by.
  • In a fret about how life is passing us by, we feel compelled to draw up a list of all our faults and failures.
  • We were blissfully unaware of the days passing us by.

pass off

British (Of proceedings) happen or be concluded in a specified, usually satisfactory way: the weekend had passed off entirely without incident
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  • Buskers and street artists performed at every corner and the entire proceedings passed off without a hitch.
  • It's up to me to make sure everything passes off without a hitch.
  • We will be policing this event appropriately, to make sure the rally passes off without incident.
take place, go off, happen, occur, be carried though, be completed, be brought to a conclusion, be accomplished;
turn out, fall out, pan out;
North American  go down

pass something off

1Evade or lightly dismiss an awkward remark: he made a light joke and passed it off
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  • When I meet him, he tries to pass it off with a joke.
  • Simpson now passes the comment off as ‘a joke’.
  • It seemed as if he meant to pass it off as a casual observation.
2 Basketball Throw the ball to a teammate who is unmarked: he scored eight times and passed off forty-one assists
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  • Paul quickly picked up on Will's style and was able to quickly pass the ball off to his other teammates before Will could steal it.
  • Instead of taking the ball to the hoop, for a lay-up, the guy passes the ball off and continues the offense.
  • That meant he would have to shoot from long range or try to drive and pass the ball off.

pass someone/thing off as

Falsely represent a person or thing as (something else): the drink was packaged in champagne bottles and was being passed off as the real stuff
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  • She took a great delight in telling everybody she spoke to that it was my birthday and even tried to pass me off as five years younger than I actually was.
  • The disturbing issue is that this advertisement was passed off as a legitimate newsworthy article in the sports section.
  • Making assumptions and passing them off as truth is a poor reflection on someone's character.
misrepresent, falsely represent, give a false identity to;
disguise, dress up

pass on

euphemistic Die: his wife passed on twelve years ago
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  • The loan plus the interest is then repaid when you move house or pass on.
  • To be buried in the back garden alongside the numerous family pets who had passed on to a better place, leaving their mortal remains to push up the pelargoniums.
  • Last week there were hopes that Pake would recover from his illness, but since then he has passed on to his eternal reward.

pass out

1Become unconscious: he consumed enough alcohol to make him pass out
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  • The court heard the woman passed out and was dragged unconscious from the creek.
  • After being released on probation, he ended up passing out drunk and was picked up by police.
  • She doesn't help matters by getting totally drunk every night and passing out, only to wake in the morning with no memory of what she's done.
faint, collapse, lose consciousness, black out, keel over
informal flake out, conk out
literary swoon
2British Complete one’s initial training in the armed forces.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • He was the fittest recruit to pass out of training for the Royal Marines.
  • He ended up in the Territorial Army, joined the Commandos and passed out at Sandhurst as an officer in the Welsh Regiment.
  • Martin successfully passed out at the Royal Marines training centre in Devon.

pass over

euphemistic Die: by the time I reached the hospital she had passed over

pass someone over

Ignore the claims of someone to promotion or advancement: he was passed over for a cabinet job
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  • The technician, who claimed she had been passed over for promotion and was being paid 30% less than her male colleagues, was awarded $37,000.
  • You passed me over for promotion.
  • You want me to pass you over for promotions and pay you less for doing the same job?

pass something over

Avoid mentioning or considering something: I shall pass over the matter of the transitional period
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  • Indeed, in Yorkshire records at the time and subsequently, the event is passed over with scant mention.
  • These omissions of authors and the selectivity silently practised with included authors is to be expected, though its ramifications are passed over.
  • Certain highly sensitive subjects might be passed over for legitimate national security reasons.
disregard, overlook, ignore, avoid considering, not take into consideration, forget, pay no attention to, let pass, let go, gloss over, take no notice of, pay no heed to, take no account of, close one's eyes to, turn a deaf ear to, turn a blind eye to, omit, skip
archaic overleap

pass something up

Refrain from taking up an opportunity: he passed up a career in pro baseball
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  • It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I could not pass it up.
  • Well, sir, I don't know too many men who, given the opportunity to serve on a boat like the Seaview would pass it up!
  • My grandfather has been going to the races for years, and when he got the opportunity to buy this car, he didn't pass it up.
fail to take advantage of, turn down, reject, refuse, decline, deny oneself, give up, forgo, let go by, let pass, miss, miss out on, ignore, brush aside, dismiss, waive, spurn, neglect, abandon
informal give something a miss


Middle English: from Old French passer, based on Latin passus 'pace'.

  • pace from Middle English:

    The word pace comes via Old French pas from Latin passus ‘stretch (of the leg)’. As well as stepping, it also meant ‘journey, route’ in early examples. To be put through your paces arose in the mid 18th century from horse-riding. The notion of ‘tempo’ as in change of pace is from the 1950s while pace yourself is only found from the 1970s. Other words from the same root are pass in the sense to go by, passage (Middle English); passenger (Middle English) the ‘n’ added to conform with words like ‘messenger’; and expand, literally to stretch out. The Old French form of expand, espandre, has the special sense of ‘to shed, spill, pour out’ and is the origin of to spawn (Late Middle English).

Palabras que riman con pass

brass, carse, class, coup de grâce, farce, glass, grass, Grasse, impasse, Kars, kick-ass, kvass, Laplace, Maas, Madras, outclass, sparse, stained glass, surpass, upper class, volte-face

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Pronunciación: /pɑːs/


1A route over or through mountains: the pass over the mountain was open again after the snows [in place names]: the Khyber Pass
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  • Beware of what appear to be shortcuts on maps - these often turn out to be unpaved roads or mountain passes.
  • By late afternoon they had reached the valley of the mountain pass and the south road.
  • The mountain pass is a difficult road to travel and it appears as though you are not apothecaries or wandering salesmen.
route, way, road, narrow road, passage, cut, gap, gorge, canyon, ravine, gully, defile, col, couloir;
Scottish  bealach;
North American  notch
1.1A passage for fish over or past a weir or dam: a programme to build salmon passes at weirs and other obstacles
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  • Fish were currently unable to bypass the weir because the fish pass was not operating, he said.
  • Coffey argues that this was always possible when the existing fish pass at the Weir was properly maintained.
  • They died because a fish pass was built using incorrect water levels.



head (or cut) someone/thing off at the pass

Forestall someone or something: he came up with this story at the last minute, just to cut me off at the pass
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  • I imagine such frivolous technological pursuits will be headed off at the pass, since the vet has staked a prior claim on my wallet.
  • If you haven't headed it off at the pass with some chemicals, you lie there shaking and shivering like a Maltese poodle in the mouth of a bull terrier.
  • If we get to grips with them early enough, if we could identify them and head them off at the pass, then I think the problem would be largely resolved.

sell the pass

British Betray a cause: he is merciless to other poets whom he considers to have sold the pass
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  • Following their decision he said: ‘By their refusal to make the retention of the Lucozade Sign a condition of the development package, Hounslow have sold the pass.’
  • He arrived knowing that the French government had already sold the pass at the Congress of Berlin.
  • Alas, he himself feebly sold the pass when he agreed in his ‘concordat’ with the Constitution Secretary to the abolition of the Lord Chancellor.


Middle English (in the sense 'division of a text, passage through'): variant of pace1, influenced by pass1 and French pas.

  • pace from Middle English:

    The word pace comes via Old French pas from Latin passus ‘stretch (of the leg)’. As well as stepping, it also meant ‘journey, route’ in early examples. To be put through your paces arose in the mid 18th century from horse-riding. The notion of ‘tempo’ as in change of pace is from the 1950s while pace yourself is only found from the 1970s. Other words from the same root are pass in the sense to go by, passage (Middle English); passenger (Middle English) the ‘n’ added to conform with words like ‘messenger’; and expand, literally to stretch out. The Old French form of expand, espandre, has the special sense of ‘to shed, spill, pour out’ and is the origin of to spawn (Late Middle English).

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