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Definition of the verb pass off

What does pass off mean as a doing phrase?


  1. be accepted as something or somebody in a false character or identity
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: appear / look / seem = give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  2. disregard
  3. cause to be circulated and accepted in a false character or identity
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic terms: make pass / pass = cause to pass
  4. disappear gradually
  5. come to pass
  6. expel (gases or odors)

Alternative definition of the verb pass off


  1. [intransitive] To happen.
  2. [transitive] To misrepresent something.

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Google previewDigestive Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs (2016)

by Isaac Livingstone Asamoah

Pass off: If an event passes off well, badly etc, it happens in that way. E.g. The visit passed off without any serious incidents. 2449. Pass off: To make people think that someone or something is another thing. E.g. They bought up pieces of old ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1891)

by Richard Soule

Pass off by degrees or gradually.

Google previewDictionary of Idiomatic English Phrases (1891)

by James Main Dixon

To pass off (as) — (a) to secure acknowledgment or recognition (as). P. They pass themselves off as an old married couple.— James Pavn. One of these passengers being a child still young enough to be passed off as a child inarms.

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

prescribe pass lightly over flit, skim pass, like time elapse pass off counterfeit, disappear, emit, fake, feign, happen, occur, vanish, vaporise pass off in vapour evaporate pass on bequeath, impart, relate, relay, reveal, transmit pass oneself off ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)

by Various

—Passmuster, togo through aninspection withoutfaultbeing found; Pass off,to imposefraudulently, to palm off; Pass on,togo forward: to proceed; Passon, orupon,to come upon, to happen to: togive judgment or sentence upon:to practiseartfully, ...

Google previewSimon & Schuster Super Crossword Puzzle Dictionary And Reference Book (1999)

by Seth Godin, Lark Productions LLC, Seth Godin Productions

rankle, run off, set off, wither; 7 abscond, come off, drop off, explode, implode, move off, pack off, pass off, thunder, whip off; 8 detonate, march off, pass away, start off; 9 discharge goofing off: 8 shirking, slacking; 10 soldiering; 12 goldbricking ...

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A huckster who cannot pass off mouse-turd for pepper, has not learned his trade.
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