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pass

I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bill is passed by parliament (=it is made into a law)
▪ The bill was passed by Parliament last May.
a bus pass (=a card that allows you to make several bus journeys)
▪ Most of the students have a termly bus pass.
a car passes/overtakes sb
▪ A small black car overtook me on my left.
a deadline passes (=the date or time by which you must do something goes past)
▪ The deadline had already passed for him to raise the money.
a month passes/goes by
▪ Seven months went by before he returned.
a mountain pass (=a path or road between mountains)
▪ Their journey took them through river valleys and over mountain passes.
a passing comment (=a quick comment made without thinking about it very carefully)
▪ She got upset about a passing comment I made about her clothes.
a passing mention (=a brief mention when other things seem more important)
▪ There was only a passing mention of the event in the paper.
a passing reference (=one that you make while you are talking about something else)
▪ He made only a passing reference to his injury.
a passing resemblance (=slight)
▪ There was no more than a passing resemblance between the sisters.
a passing stranger (=one you pass in the street)
▪ Do not give your camera to a passing stranger and ask him to take a picture of you.
a passing thought (=a quick, not very serious thought)
▪ He never gives his appearance more than a passing thought.
a shudder ran/passed/went through sb
▪ A shudder ran through him at the touch of her fingers.
a storm abates/passes
▪ We sat and waited for the storm to pass.
an examination pass
▪ To apply, you need at least two A-level examination passes.
become legend/pass into legend
▪ The incident became legend.
boarding pass
bus pass
come/go/pass etc through an entrance
▪ People passed in single file through the narrow entrance.
danger passes (=there is no longer any danger)
▪ At last the sound of bombing had stopped and the danger had passed.
go/pass through a cycle
▪ Advanced economies seem to go through a regular cycle.
go/pass unnoticed
▪ His remark went unnoticed by everyone except me.
Hail Mary pass
hand/pass/give/send out a leaflet
▪ Students were handing out election leaflets at the station.
have a passing/nodding acquaintance with sth (=have only slight knowledge or experience of something)
▪ He has a passing acquaintance with a lot of different subjects.
mention sth in passing (=mention something without much detail, especially while you were talking about something else)
▪ She mentioned in passing that she had an eight-year-old son.
mourn sb’s death/loss/passing
▪ She still mourns the death of her husband.
mourn...passing
▪ The old steam trains were much loved, and we all mourn their passing.
pass (a) commentBritish English (= give an opinion)
▪ He looked at my photos but he didn’t pass comment.
pass a law
▪ New Jersey passed a law requiring helmets for scooter riders.
pass a test (=succeed in it)
▪ She passed her driving test first time.
pass an act
▪ Once Parliament has passed an act, it becomes the law of the land.
pass an exam (=succeed in it)
▪ Did you pass your final exam?
pass an examination (=succeed in it)
▪ I really hope that Suzie passes the examination.
pass an inspection
▪ The supermarket can only trade if it passes the cleanliness inspection.
pass judgment (on sth) (=give your opinion, especially a negative one)
▪ Our aim is to help him, not to pass judgment on what he has done.
pass legislation (=officially approve it so that it becomes law)
▪ Legislation was passed banning the use of child labour.
pass on a disease (also transmit a diseaseformal)
▪ They may pass the disease on to their children.
pass on a gene (=pass a gene to your children)
▪ All animals try to maximize their chances of passing on their genes to the next generation.
pass on a tip
▪ The writer passes on many tips that she has learned over the years.
pass on some advice (=give someone advice that you have learned or been given)
▪ Readers can pass on advice about gardening.
pass on/relay/deliver a message (=give someone a message from someone else)
▪ I asked Rob if he would pass on a message for me.
pass sentenceformal (= officially say what someone’s punishment will be)
▪ It is now my duty to pass sentence.
pass sth from one generation to the next
▪ Traditional customs are passed from one generation to the next.
pass the time (=spend a period of time doing something)
▪ The prisoners pass the time reading, or writing letters.
pass/approve a resolution
▪ The Security Council passed a resolution condemning the country’s aggression.
pass/carry/approve a motion (=accept it by voting)
▪ The motion was carried unanimously.
passed...death sentence on
▪ In 1987, the government passed a death sentence on the river by granting permission for the new dam.
passed...vote of no confidence
▪ On April 22 the National Assembly passed a vote of no confidence in the government.
pass/fail a course
▪ If you pass the course, you get a diploma in psychology.
passing fancy (=the feeling did not last long)
▪ Wanting to go to Mexico was just a passing fancy.
Things have come to a pretty pass
Things have come to a pretty pass, if you can’t say what you think without causing a fight.
throw away/pass up/turn down a chance (=not accept or use an opportunity)
▪ Imagine throwing up a chance to go to America!
time passes/goes by
▪ As time passed, she thought less and less about her family back home.
transmit/pass on a virus (=pass it from one person or animal to another)
▪ The rabies virus is transmitted in saliva when one animal bites another.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
on
▪ What matters is how many genes are passed on.
▪ We look this problem firmly in the eye and pass on.
▪ Mr Fitton passed on, he did.
▪ If they agree on a pardon, it is passed on to the White House.
▪ For a start there was the gloomy news he had to pass on to Jacqui.
▪ I have a tip to pass on to other readers.
▪ Phoenix Councilman Craig Tribken passed on the offer, sort of.
■ NOUN
act
▪ Once Parliament has passed an act, it becomes the law of the land.
▪ Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to accelerate the transition of telephone and video services from regulated to competitive markets.
▪ I have to be loyal to the decision of Parliament, which passed the War Crimes Act 1991.
▪ Then, a couple of weeks ago, Congress passed the Telecommunications Reform Act, which eases restrictions on cross-ownership of media.
▪ She passed several acts to make legal strikes all but impossible, and to imprison her opponents at will.
▪ At the same time, Congress passed an act reducing tariff rates.
▪ The basic task of the judge when construing legislation is to ascertain Parliament's intention when passing the Act.
bill
▪ As a result, there are large bills to be paid - bills which are being passed on to ordinary community charge payers.
▪ In any case, the amendment was lost when the bill failed to pass.
▪ The Bill will soon pass through the House and go to the House of Lords.
▪ Three, in one form or another, are still in the budget bill passed by Congress and vetoed by President Clinton.
▪ The dissenting Tory peers stayed away; and the Bill was passed.
▪ Under the bill the House passed yesterday, individuals still would not have to prove insolvency.
▪ A bill was passed reducing the tax profit level from 50 to 40 percent and 35 percent in agriculture.
▪ At issue is the telecom bill, passed by Congress overwhelmingly last week.
buck
▪ If in doubt, pass the buck.
▪ Shouldn't we now be acknowledging blame rather than passing the buck?
▪ I personally refuse to pass the buck.
▪ We were in the happy position of being able to pass the buck.
▪ Some patients and carers were also unhappy about what they saw as sub-optimal care or different services passing the buck.
▪ Mr. Loyden Is not the Minister passing the buck?
▪ When anything like this happened, every office-holder in the community made speeches passing the buck on to the police department.
comment
▪ I feel that I can not allow this statement to pass without due comment.
▪ In years past, the president sent the budget over and the Chamber dutifully passed it with little comment.
▪ Because persuading people to be unpaid referees is difficult it could be argued that editors have to pass the comments on.
▪ Anyone recording or passing on such a comment is in danger now that records are open.
▪ I trust you will pass the above comments to the Licensing Sub-Committee when they meet to determine this case.
▪ All this makes for a sea change in our lives, yet passes without comment during this campaign.
exam
▪ She had to pass her exams.
▪ Anyone who has passed an exam to get into an important university is dedicated enough to do well for the firm.
▪ Reply: It was the day I passed my exam.
▪ Nevertheless, fifteen of the eighteen students passed the exam.
▪ If teachers only got paid for pupils passing their exams, there are some pupils who'd never get any education at all.
▪ She graduated and passed bar exams in two states on her first try.
▪ I want to pass all my exams, I want my mum and dad to be proud of me.
▪ Students had to pass oral and written exams before moving up.
generation
▪ The songs of some birds are passed down the generations by education.
▪ The narratives help parents become conscious of the negative and positive traditions passed down through the generations.
▪ A generation passed, an entire generation.
▪ They're living proof that asthma can be passed from generation to generation.
▪ The particles themselves remain separate and discrete when it comes to being passed on to the next generation.
▪ Such tastes are passed from one generation to the other, reinforced by the environment in which a family exists.
▪ They are part of the culture of society and are passed on from one generation to the next.
hand
▪ Iris passed a hand over her forehead.
▪ The dew vanished from the flowers; they began to lose their freshness and to wilt, passing from hand to hand.
▪ Coins, jewelry, postage stamps, a Matisse litho, all passed through my hands.
▪ Directors Share Protection provides for the shares of a director who dies to pass into the right hands.
▪ Many of the germs that cause disease pass from our hands into our mouths; so can environmental metal toxins like lead.
▪ She closed her eyes and passed her hand over them and looked again.
▪ I put the gun down and passed my hand over my eyes.
information
▪ The Senate panel decided that it wanted to question Fiers and George concerning whether they had passed the information on to Gates.
▪ Informed by the two farmers, local authorities passed the information up the chain of command.
▪ It passed this information on in a terrible hushed whine that seemed to creep in and fill the head.
▪ A paddle stroke is like any other model or diagram which is used to pass on information.
▪ Ubaldo Valesio reckoned that some one in the family was passing on information.
▪ Most of us have tendencies to pass information outwards rather than to allow it inwards.
law
▪ It was very good to pass a special law for that.
▪ He lobbied the legislature at Albany to pass a law limiting electric currents to eight hundred volts.
▪ In due course, the government's response was to pass a law and appoint an Alkali Inspector named Angus Smith.
▪ I see well. meaning legislators across the land passing laws against themselves as if the victim will always be some one else.
▪ Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan all passed laws to restrict benefits and introduce time limits.
▪ Could they possibly have passed any laws against those odds?
▪ The final version of the Weimar Constitution was passed into law on 11 August 1919.
▪ Catholics passed laws against intermarriage between people of the two faiths.
legislation
▪ Both states have recently passed legislation to make securitisation simpler.
▪ They passed legislation that often made it impossible for ordinary citizens to sue for their injuries.
▪ Franklin placed his own hopes on the idea that the Westminster Parliament would pass legislation to set up a union.
▪ After the meeting, some Democrats, recognizing the difficulty of passing taggant legislation, called for a study of the matter.
▪ Twenty three states have passed term limits legislation restricting the amount of time their congressional members may serve.
▪ To pass, the legislation needed 31 votes.
▪ If the Legislature fails to pass enabling legislation, some will place their product elsewhere.
▪ Last week, the House passed, 418-9, legislation that was later adopted by the Senate on a voice vote.
message
▪ I was in the middle of them both and passing on horrible messages from one to the other.
▪ Nor did Bo ever meet his superior, who passed him messages through an intermediary.
▪ The way horses pass messages between themselves will be the way that they will try and impart a message to us.
▪ And because of this luxury, the women used me to pass messages.
▪ I should have told her it was important to pass the message on immediately.
▪ The book trade should have an interest in passing on that message.
▪ He might try you again, but I said I'd pass the message along.
▪ We can always pass the message on to other runners.
resolution
▪ Following a debate on Nov. 23 it passed a resolution giving Gorbachev two weeks to produce detailed plans.
▪ Such use of the will is far different from what ordinarily passes for resolution in the everyday world.
▪ Parliament would have unlimited access to the funds, but would have to pass specific resolutions to appropriate money.
▪ Despite the southern opposition, both houses passed the resolution.
▪ In such cases the company's directors pass a resolution that the company be wound up.
▪ The House passed the resolution by 409 to 3, while it went through the Senate by 8-to 3.
▪ Did it pass resolutions to spend more money and get itself organised to ensure that the police could run themselves properly?
▪ Then in 1758 the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting passed a surprising resolution to exclude slave buyers and sellers.
sentence
▪ She felt suddenly, confusedly, a little like a man who had voluntarily passed a death sentence on himself.
▪ Lord Taylor's main point is to suggest that judges should pass sentence with an eye to the public's expectations.
▪ They will have to pass shorter sentences.
▪ The law must be changed to allow the courts to pass severe prison sentences on these so-called joyriders.
▪ Read in studio Magistrates watched the seven minute video before passing sentence.
▪ Judge Gerald Butler told him he had no option but to pass a custodial sentence.
▪ But the disappearance of his son, Larry, in the war has passed its own sentence on the family.
test
▪ I could use you - if you pass the tests, of course.
▪ The disabled could be shut out of gun ownership because of difficulty passing a proficiency test.
▪ If he passes the test, he ascends D4 feet that round.
▪ In that eventuality, such an algorithm, if it could be found, would presumably pass the Turing test.
▪ Have I passed the memory test?
▪ Even this, however, gives little clue about what life-forms may pass the survival test.
▪ Such joints are said to pass most of the tests in the specifications for wood adhesives.
▪ Caldwell passed a high-school proficiency test and left home at 17.
time
▪ She knew all that and, more, she had actually been passing at the time.
▪ He passes through it every time he rides to the old earth fort on the crest.
▪ The pilots consequently had nothing to do and passed their time playing cards.
▪ He passed the time of day with Two Coats the tramp.
▪ Today, I am patient about the passing of time.
▪ I heard you at it so I thought I'd pop in and pass the time of day.
▪ I passed my time watching the inmates do exercises.
vote
▪ A drive in a limousine is passed by silent vote.
▪ The Presidio bill and the huge parks package it was tied to passed by unanimous voice vote.
▪ The bill was passed by 241 votes to 55, with 55 abstentions.
▪ A few hours later, it passed by seventy votes to twenty-three.
▪ Congress formally passed a vote of thanks to the new president.
▪ The motion to continue proceedings on the bill was passed by 319 votes to 316 with seven deliberate Conservative abstentions.
▪ With the new dynamic of California politics, getting any ballot measure passed with just Anglo votes is fast becoming impossible.
■ VERB
let
▪ They knocked against linked bodies, which parted to let them pass.
▪ As they had need, they drew aside to let ore wagons pass with their loads of concentrate and matte.
▪ He stood aside to let it pass.
▪ Darkness threw a cloak over my strangeness, so that people let me pass with a nod or a softly called greeting.
▪ I let two more minutes pass then tap Des on the shoulder.
▪ I let three beats pass before I said anything.
▪ She was simply more aggressive, less able to let things pass than Lisbie.
▪ People got clear off the trail to let them pass.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
come to a pretty pass
make/pass water
▪ For example, to make water, burn one weight of hydrogen with eight of oxygen.
▪ How often should I make water changes, and how should I mix the salt?
▪ I can not pass water without a forgotten claimant reaching for what is his.
▪ Pollutions which are high in suspended solids make water appear murky and leave deposits on the beds and banks of watercourses.
▪ The highest-performance combination of rocket propellants is hydrogen and oxygen, which burn to make water.
▪ The same device, run backwards, reacts hydrogen and oxygen together to make water and generate electrical power.
▪ Topping up is by a hose, placed soas to pass water through the filter before reaching the pond.
▪ Zubrin proposes using the Sabatier process to react hydrogen with carbon dioxide to make water vapor and methane.
mention/note sth in passing
▪ He noted, in passing, that he had lasted longer than Texas Sen.
▪ In Exodus the quails were mentioned only in passing.
▪ Like many more, presumably, we mention Ribblehead in passing.
pass muster (as sth)
▪ Although they hail from Quebec, the hurdy-gurdy of this ensemble is sure to pass muster with the average colonial.
▪ And Mel Gibson does pass muster as a filthy freedom fighter with a talent for decapitation.
▪ As pitchforks they certainly pass muster.
▪ Critically surveying her reflection, she told herself she would pass muster.
▪ It is based on a true story so outrageous that it would never in a million years have passed muster as fiction.
▪ It may pass muster as television commentary but on the page its studied neutrality rings false.
▪ The schools might not have been able to offer courses that would pass muster.
▪ When it came to the physical attributes that Fred plainly valued, Lou Spooner passed muster.
pass the buck
▪ a bunch of politicians all trying to pass the buck
▪ Diplomats say NATO is clearly at fault, and that officials there are trying to pass the buck.
▪ It's easy to pass the buck and blame someone else for your failure.
▪ It was his mistake but he tried to pass the buck to another manager.
▪ You were in charge of that project, so don't try to pass the buck.
▪ I personally refuse to pass the buck.
▪ If in doubt, pass the buck.
▪ Mr. Loyden Is not the Minister passing the buck?
▪ Shouldn't we now be acknowledging blame rather than passing the buck?
▪ Some patients and carers were also unhappy about what they saw as sub-optimal care or different services passing the buck.
▪ We were in the happy position of being able to pass the buck.
▪ When anything like this happened, every office-holder in the community made speeches passing the buck on to the police department.
pass the hat around
▪ Airbus will anyway soon be passing the hat around again for an enormous 700-seat aeroplane, much bigger than the Boeing 747.
pass the time of day (with sb)
passing days/weeks/years etc
▪ As a young woman, she was pretty, slender, and graceful and she remained so with the passing years.
▪ Dent is a throwback to medieval times bypassed by modern progress, an anachronism that has survived the passing years.
▪ Over the passing years, time had been cruel to nearly everybody else.
▪ Over the passing years, time had been kind to Caduta Massi.
▪ The passing years took their toll, of course, and he did go into a decline when Grandmother died.
▪ Through the passing days, the biting cruelty of it all slowly healed, leaving only the scar tissue.
the passing of time/the years
▪ The passing of the years has not weakened his artistic ability.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ "Do you want to go fishing Saturday?" "Sorry, I'll have to pass this time."
▪ "I'm taking my driving test today." "Do you think you'll pass?"
▪ A big Cadillac passed us as we walked up the hill.
▪ A police car passed us doing 90 miles an hour.
▪ As time passes, the disease progresses through several distinct stages.
▪ Congress has passed an education-reform law.
▪ Could you pass the salt, please?
▪ Dan's worried he won't pass calculus.
▪ Details of the attack had been passed to enemy agents.
▪ Do you think you'll pass?
▪ Dr. Todd said the pain would pass in a day or two.
▪ Each car has to be passed by a team of inspectors before it leaves the factory.
▪ Ellis quickly passed the note to the woman, looking around to check that no one had noticed.
▪ Hey, pass me the ball!
▪ His blood pressure was rather high so the doctor couldn't pass him as fit for the job.
▪ I'll get you some aspirin - I pass the drugstore on the way to work.
▪ I pass her house every day on my way to work.
▪ If he stays injury-free, Stumpel should pass his personal best of 76 points.
▪ Johnson passes to White, White passes to Eliot, and Eliot scores!
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Actually, they ran better than they passed, although they passed spectacularly on occasion.
▪ He drums his fingers on the chairback as he passes.
▪ In August that year $ 25 million worth of vaccine was backlogged and in danger of passing its six-month expiration date.
▪ Moreover, the most important legislation for bond market investors -- the 1996 budget bill -- has already been passed.
▪ Taylor receive discounts from publishers, which they agree to pass along to customers.
▪ This falling from the branch business, she thought, made you realise how the years were passing.
▪ Who ever had it then still had it, or had passed it on.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
back
▪ Joe Worrall who had a good game otherwise, decided this was a back pass.
▪ I was astonished how fast the game has become since the back pass rule has changed.
▪ Possession is nine-tenths of the law and the back pass is safe and sure.
▪ A back pass to McConnell saw the keeper mis-hit the clearance to Ferguson who provided the perfect lob into the net.
▪ This time the keeper made a hash of a back pass from Brown.
▪ He can not handle the back pass ... never has done.
▪ The defence as a whole do not deal with the back pass rule well.
free
▪ They may soon be getting free bus passes but they know how to rock.
▪ But a free pass to first base is not help.
▪ Langbaurgh and Stockton are both considering either scrapping free passes or asking pensioners to contribute towards them.
▪ Bus pass reprieve: Langbaurgh pensioners' free bus passes have been given a reprieve until the end of April.
high
▪ The Hercules made another, much higher pass, its whine almost lost in the roaring sea.
▪ From the highest mountain pass to the busiest city centre.
▪ This is a high pass, and closed for seven months in the year.
▪ If he shouted aloud then - as in the high alpine passes - the rocks would crash down on him.
▪ Snow may linger on the high passes as late as June.
▪ And then, at last, I crossed a high mountain pass to discover smoke drifting across my route.
long
▪ The Springboks poured forward, long passes threatening to release Paulse and Williams.
▪ If they could get over a long and difficult pass in the mountains, they would be safe.
▪ First his long pass, and a short one from Daniel Gartner, set up a simple second for Rigon.
▪ On a long pass route, the legs of Michael Irvin and Rod Woodson became entangled.
▪ Further, his long passes, very frequently missing out one player, always threatened something interesting in the middle.
▪ As a result Chelsea became increasingly reliant on the ability of Gianfranco Zola to thread long passes through thickets of players.
▪ A long pass by Andy Gregory almost conceded an early try but Graeme Hallas knocked on as he went for the interception.
low
▪ Long, low passes confused the most dogged defences to create scoring chances.
▪ At first, it appeared as if Hostetler completed a low, third-down pass to Tim Brown.
▪ I had wanted to cross a relatively low pass at the western end of the range.
short
▪ The Quakers relied too heavily on the mighty hit rather than short passes.
▪ Hostetler dumped one short pass to Derrick Fenner, who rambled into the end zone.
▪ Brad Johnson, filling in for the injured Warren Moon, completed three short passes.
▪ The Lions play a perplexingly soft defense, where they willingly allow teams to throw short, underneath passes.
▪ This means that the parasites live shorter lives and pass through more generations in a given time than their hosts.
▪ Williams is the blocker and catcher of short passes.
■ NOUN
bus
▪ I can't even get a bus pass.
▪ They may soon be getting free bus passes but they know how to rock.
▪ I got a social worker and she suggested I get a bus pass, so I could get to town.
▪ Townspeople are being asked to sign a petition to help save the bus passes of Langbaurgh's 22,000 pensioners and disabled.
▪ All the aggravation about replacing by bus pass, credit cards and library cards etc, all because I was thoughtless.
▪ Free bus passes offered to parents in return for acting as supervisors.
Bus pass reprieve: Langbaurgh pensioners' free bus passes have been given a reprieve until the end of April.
mark
▪ It is not a pass mark and yet all children are supposed to aspire to it.
▪ Instead, the pass mark was set higher for girls!
▪ For example, what pass mark would they set for an examination they are about to sit?
▪ How would students react to you setting a pass mark of say 80%?
mountain
▪ From the highest mountain pass to the busiest city centre.
▪ Employees try to avoid mountain passes, commercial airports and major cities.
▪ Its passengers swing around like boxed chickens in the back of a livestock lorry on a mountain pass.
▪ Their bags were filled with food and provisions light to carry but strong enough to bring them over the mountain passes.
▪ One of the bulls had been bitten by a wildcat one night, on a mountain pass coming down from Dolpo.
▪ I knew that true love, real love, could not make its way through the mountain passes to North Chittendon.
▪ And then, at last, I crossed a high mountain pass to discover smoke drifting across my route.
rate
▪ In addition, the pass rates go up and down like a yo-yo.
▪ In November 1988 the pass rate was 15%.
▪ These courses proved highly popular with our lads and there was practically a hundred percent pass rate.
▪ The results are astonishing-more than twice the average A-C pass rate for the school.
▪ He maintains he achieved his high pass rate by year-long cramming with similar papers.
▪ But the crux of the change is the end of the grade C, generally accepted as a pass rate.
▪ The widespread confusion between raw number of passes and percentage pass rates is illustrative here.
▪ These included the effects on the pass rate of different pass marks, and of different aggregation procedures.
rusher
▪ Bruce should provide help as a run defender while Wallace would be used as a designated pass rusher.
▪ Of the Jones guys, Marcus is rated the better pass rusher.
▪ A defensive coach, Tobin selected defensive end Simeon Rice of Illinois, regarded as the best pass rusher in the draft.
▪ When you get a chance to get a first-rate pass rusher, you better take it.
touchdown
▪ He was beaten on three touchdown passes, two by the Seahawks' Joey Galloway.
▪ Hostetler capped the drive by evading the pass rush, scrambling to his left and lofting a four-yard touchdown pass to Jett.
▪ Hostetler connected with his old favorite, Brown, for a 19-yard touchdown pass.
▪ In one game in the exhibition season, Raiders coach Mike White challenged a call on a touchdown pass.
▪ He threw 17 touchdown passes and only five interceptions to finish with a 100. 7 rating.
▪ Troy Aikman threw a six-yard, third-down touchdown pass to tight end Eric Bjornson after a six-play, 15-yard drive.
▪ That one sent the Raiders spiraling into a realm of hopelessness after Elway threw a late game-winning touchdown pass.
▪ They had done the same on a game-winning touchdown pass against Kansas City in Week 2.
■ VERB
board
▪ After that for ferries, but not other classes of vessel, boarding passes were introduced.
▪ You will have to see him Patel was handed his boarding pass.
▪ He gestured to me to push my way up to the front and then pressed a precious boarding pass into my hand.
▪ At the airport, they provide that number along with photo identification to receive a boarding pass.
catch
▪ Floyd has also caught 16 passes.
▪ He had nine carries for 47 yards and caught three passes for 48 yards.
▪ Michael Irvin caught six passes and never once signaled for his own first down.
▪ Jeff George threw for 260 yards, with Tim Brown catching seven passes for 107 yards.
▪ Truitt caught 10 passes for 131 yards.
▪ Ismail caught only three passes for 95 yards, while nursing a minor ankle injury.
▪ He caught just three passes for 25 yards and seemed to be used as a decoy most of the game.
▪ Starting wideout James Jett ran up and down the field busily, but he never caught a single pass.
complete
▪ He has completed 121 of 218 passes for 1, 354 yards and eight touchdowns with five interceptions this season.
▪ Junior Marquez Shaw showed a lot of poise in completing nine of 12 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns.
▪ He completed five of nine passes, including a touchdown.
▪ Junior Tim Carey completed 7 of 11 passes but had one perfectly thrown 40-yard bomb dropped by a backup wide receiver.
▪ He completed 25 of 37 passes for 271 yards, but threw two interceptions and only one touchdown pass.
▪ Remember how Dameyune Craig completed seven-of-28 passes against the press-man?
▪ Elway completed 14 of 23 passes for 227 yards, and tight end Shannon Sharpe had eight receptions for 174 yards.
▪ Hobert quickly released the ball on third-and-eight, completing a 10-yard pass to Daryl Hobbs at the Kansas City 14.
drop
▪ Weinke threw off-target and the Seminoles' receivers dropped passes on many occasions when they were open.
▪ But Andre Hastings dropped a pass on first down.
▪ There was a fumble on the 1-yard line and Brown dropped a sure touchdown pass.
▪ Dudley also dropped one pass and watched Ray Lewis wrest away another for an interception.
▪ They dropped passes and blew assignments.
▪ And in that one, Yancey Thigpen dropped a sure touchdown pass that would have won the game.
▪ Do you remember any 49ers dropping passes this season?
make
▪ He'd recognize him again, and make the pass.
▪ She goes on to make two great passes, two assists, and then sink another three-point basket.
▪ He made some measure of pass at me.
▪ He looks too much to make a big pass rather than do what comes naturally, which is score.
▪ By the by Sylvia de Charmante made a huge pass at him and he turned her down flat.
▪ He made several passes in the dark, shot down one B-24 and badly damaged a second.
▪ He is at his best when he comes inside, makes a positive pass and then gets on his bike.
▪ He swept down the gorge, circled round, and made a second pass at the Falls to lose altitude.
score
▪ Mr Foecke has claimed he scored passes in 13 out of 13 final exam papers.
throw
▪ When Hostetler returns, he will no longer throw passes toward Ismail.
▪ When Zeier finally found an open man downfield, he threw a pass off the head of umpire Bob Wagner.
▪ For every breakaway, or thrown pass, there is some one willing to hustle down court to play defense.
▪ But that was before Mike Catt began to throw out his wonder passes.
▪ He threw 17 touchdown passes and only five interceptions to finish with a 100. 7 rating.
▪ It was the sturdy Bates who fielded Morris's kick in the last second and threw the long pass inside to Davies.
▪ Humphries responded by throwing four touchdown passes, including three to Tony Martin.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
come to a pretty pass
come to pass
▪ And so it came to pass.
▪ But it's not really surprising that this accommodation should come to pass.
▪ It really did come to pass.
▪ It will come to pass, shortly I presume, that others will come forward to claim they wrote the book.
▪ None of this may come to pass, but all efforts to prevent it so far have backfired.
▪ Such regulations may someday come to pass, but perhaps not soon enough for the butternut.
▪ The odds on this coming to pass are daunting.
▪ Whatever the priestess at Delphi said would happen infallibly came to pass.
make/pass water
▪ For example, to make water, burn one weight of hydrogen with eight of oxygen.
▪ How often should I make water changes, and how should I mix the salt?
▪ I can not pass water without a forgotten claimant reaching for what is his.
▪ Pollutions which are high in suspended solids make water appear murky and leave deposits on the beds and banks of watercourses.
▪ The highest-performance combination of rocket propellants is hydrogen and oxygen, which burn to make water.
▪ The same device, run backwards, reacts hydrogen and oxygen together to make water and generate electrical power.
▪ Topping up is by a hose, placed soas to pass water through the filter before reaching the pond.
▪ Zubrin proposes using the Sabatier process to react hydrogen with carbon dioxide to make water vapor and methane.
pass muster (as sth)
▪ Although they hail from Quebec, the hurdy-gurdy of this ensemble is sure to pass muster with the average colonial.
▪ And Mel Gibson does pass muster as a filthy freedom fighter with a talent for decapitation.
▪ As pitchforks they certainly pass muster.
▪ Critically surveying her reflection, she told herself she would pass muster.
▪ It is based on a true story so outrageous that it would never in a million years have passed muster as fiction.
▪ It may pass muster as television commentary but on the page its studied neutrality rings false.
▪ The schools might not have been able to offer courses that would pass muster.
▪ When it came to the physical attributes that Fred plainly valued, Lou Spooner passed muster.
pass the time of day (with sb)
passing days/weeks/years etc
▪ As a young woman, she was pretty, slender, and graceful and she remained so with the passing years.
▪ Dent is a throwback to medieval times bypassed by modern progress, an anachronism that has survived the passing years.
▪ Over the passing years, time had been cruel to nearly everybody else.
▪ Over the passing years, time had been kind to Caduta Massi.
▪ The passing years took their toll, of course, and he did go into a decline when Grandmother died.
▪ Through the passing days, the biting cruelty of it all slowly healed, leaving only the scar tissue.
the passing of time/the years
▪ The passing of the years has not weakened his artistic ability.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a narrow mountain pass
▪ Comet Shoemaker-Levy passed through our solar system and crashed into Jupiter July 16, 1994.
▪ Davis scored on a 40-yard pass from Elway.
▪ Students must obtain a pass before leaving campus.
▪ They scored a direct hit of the target on their second pass.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He has completed 121 of 218 passes for 1, 354 yards and eight touchdowns with five interceptions this season.
▪ He looks too much to make a big pass rather than do what comes naturally, which is score.
▪ The Bruins set up a play for Johnson in the low post, but Dollar traveled while trying to make the pass.
▪ The harvester moved round the field in a strict square, so that the standing crop grew smaller and smaller with every pass.
▪ This is a classic hail Mary pass.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pass

Pass \Pass\, v. t.

  1. In simple, transitive senses; as:

    1. To go by, beyond, over, through, or the like; to proceed from one side to the other of; as, to pass a house, a stream, a boundary, etc.

    2. Hence: To go from one limit to the other of; to spend; to live through; to have experience of; to undergo; to suffer. ``To pass commodiously this life.''
      --Milton.

      She loved me for the dangers I had passed.
      --Shak.

    3. To go by without noticing; to omit attention to; to take no note of; to disregard.

      Please you that I may pass This doing.
      --Shak.

      I pass their warlike pomp, their proud array.
      --Dryden.

    4. To transcend; to surpass; to excel; to exceed.

      And strive to pass . . . Their native music by her skillful art.
      --Spenser.

      Whose tender power Passes the strength of storms in their most desolate hour.
      --Byron.

    5. To go successfully through, as an examination, trail, test, etc.; to obtain the formal sanction of, as a legislative body; as, he passed his examination; the bill passed the senate.

  2. In causative senses: as:

    1. To cause to move or go; to send; to transfer from one person, place, or condition to another; to transmit; to deliver; to hand; to make over; as, the waiter passed bisquit and cheese; the torch was passed from hand to hand.

      I had only time to pass my eye over the medals.
      --Addison.

      Waller passed over five thousand horse and foot by Newbridge.
      --Clarendon.

    2. To cause to pass the lips; to utter; to pronounce; hence, to promise; to pledge; as, to pass sentence.
      --Shak.

      Father, thy word is passed.
      --Milton.

    3. To cause to advance by stages of progress; to carry on with success through an ordeal, examination, or action; specifically, to give legal or official sanction to; to ratify; to enact; to approve as valid and just; as, he passed the bill through the committee; the senate passed the law. (e) To put in circulation; to give currency to; as, to pass counterfeit money. ``Pass the happy news.''
      --Tennyson. (f) To cause to obtain entrance, admission, or conveyance; as, to pass a person into a theater, or over a railroad.

  3. To emit from the bowels; to evacuate.

  4. (Naut.) To take a turn with (a line, gasket, etc.), as around a sail in furling, and make secure.

  5. (Fencing) To make, as a thrust, punto, etc. --Shak. Passed midshipman. See under Midshipman. To pass a dividend, to omit the declaration and payment of a dividend at the time when due. To pass away, to spend; to waste. ``Lest she pass away the flower of her age.'' --Ecclus. xlii. 9. To pass by.

    1. To disregard; to neglect.

    2. To excuse; to spare; to overlook.

      To pass off, to impose fraudulently; to palm off. ``Passed himself off as a bishop.''
      --Macaulay.

      To pass (something) on (some one) or To pass (something) upon (some one), to put upon as a trick or cheat; to palm off. ``She passed the child on her husband for a boy.''
      --Dryden.

      To pass over, to overlook; not to note or resent; as, to pass over an affront.

Pass

Pass \Pass\, n. [Cf. F. pas (for sense 1), and passe, fr. passer to pass. See Pass, v. i.]

  1. An opening, road, or track, available for passing; especially, one through or over some dangerous or otherwise impracticable barrier; a passageway; a defile; a ford; as, a mountain pass.

    ``Try not the pass!'' the old man said.
    --Longfellow.

  2. (Fencing) A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike an adversary.
    --Shak.

  3. A movement of the hand over or along anything; the manipulation of a mesmerist.

  4. (Rolling Metals) A single passage of a bar, rail, sheet, etc., between the rolls.

  5. State of things; condition; predicament.

    Have his daughters brought him to this pass.
    --Shak.

    Matters have been brought to this pass.
    --South.

  6. Permission or license to pass, or to go and come; a psssport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission; as, a railroad or theater pass; a military pass.

    A ship sailing under the flag and pass of an enemy.
    --Kent.

  7. Fig.: a thrust; a sally of wit.
    --Shak.

  8. Estimation; character. [Obs.]

    Common speech gives him a worthy pass.
    --Shak.

  9. [Cf. Passus.] A part; a division. [Obs.]
    --Chaucer.

  10. (Sports) In football, hockey, and other team sports, a transfer of the ball, puck, etc., to another player of one's own team, usually at some distance. In American football, the pass is through the air by an act of throwing the ball. Pass boat (Naut.), a punt, or similar boat. Pass book.

    1. A book in which a trader enters articles bought on credit, and then passes or sends it to the purchaser.

    2. See Bank book.

      Pass box (Mil.), a wooden or metallic box, used to carry cartridges from the service magazine to the piece.

      Pass check, a ticket of admission to a place of entertainment, or of readmission for one who goes away in expectation of returning.

Pass

Pass \Pass\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Passed; p. pr. & vb. n. Passing.] [F. passer, LL. passare, fr. L. passus step, or from pandere, passum, to spread out, lay open. See Pace.]

  1. To go; to move; to proceed; to be moved or transferred from one point to another; to make a transit; -- usually with a following adverb or adverbal phrase defining the kind or manner of motion; as, to pass on, by, out, in, etc.; to pass swiftly, directly, smoothly, etc.; to pass to the rear, under the yoke, over the bridge, across the field, beyond the border, etc. ``But now pass over [i. e., pass on].''
    --Chaucer.

    On high behests his angels to and fro Passed frequent.
    --Milton.

    Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths, And from their bodies passed.
    --Coleridge.

  2. To move or be transferred from one state or condition to another; to change possession, condition, or circumstances; to undergo transition; as, the business has passed into other hands.

    Others, dissatisfied with what they have, . . . pass from just to unjust.
    --Sir W. Temple.

  3. To move beyond the range of the senses or of knowledge; to pass away; hence, to disappear; to vanish; to depart; specifically, to depart from life; to die.

    Disturb him not, let him pass paceably.
    --Shak.

    Beauty is a charm, but soon the charm will pass.
    --Dryden.

    The passing of the sweetest soul That ever looked with human eyes.
    --Tennyson.

  4. To move or to come into being or under notice; to come and go in consciousness; hence, to take place; to occur; to happen; to come; to occur progressively or in succession; to be present transitorily.

    So death passed upon all men.
    --Rom. v. 12.

    Our own consciousness of what passes within our own mind.
    --I. Watts.

  5. To go by or glide by, as time; to elapse; to be spent; as, their vacation passed pleasantly.

    Now the time is far passed.
    --Mark vi. 35

  6. To go from one person to another; hence, to be given and taken freely; as, clipped coin will not pass; to obtain general acceptance; to be held or regarded; to circulate; to be current; -- followed by for before a word denoting value or estimation. ``Let him pass for a man.''
    --Shak.

    False eloquence passeth only where true is not understood.
    --Felton.

    This will not pass for a fault in him.
    --Atterbury.

  7. To advance through all the steps or stages necessary to validity or effectiveness; to be carried through a body that has power to sanction or reject; to receive legislative sanction; to be enacted; as, the resolution passed; the bill passed both houses of Congress.

  8. To go through any inspection or test successfully; to be approved or accepted; as, he attempted the examination, but did not expect to pass.

  9. To be suffered to go on; to be tolerated; hence, to continue; to live along. ``The play may pass.''
    --Shak.

  10. To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance or opposition; as, we let this act pass.

  11. To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess. [Obs.] ``This passes, Master Ford.''
    --Shak.

  12. To take heed; to care. [Obs.]

    As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not.
    --Shak.

  13. To go through the intestines.
    --Arbuthnot.

  14. (Law) To be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or other instrument of conveyance; as, an estate passes by a certain clause in a deed.
    --Mozley & W.

  15. (Fencing) To make a lunge or pass; to thrust.

  16. (Card Playing) To decline to play in one's turn; in euchre, to decline to make the trump. She would not play, yet must not pass. --Prior. To bring to pass, To come to pass. See under Bring, and Come. To pass away, to disappear; to die; to vanish. ``The heavens shall pass away.'' --2 Pet. iii. 10. ``I thought to pass away before, but yet alive I am.'' --Tennyson. To pass by, to go near and beyond a certain person or place; as, he passed by as we stood there. To pass into, to change by a gradual transmission; to blend or unite with. To pass on, to proceed. To pass on or To pass upon.

    1. To happen to; to come upon; to affect. ``So death passed upon all men.''
      --Rom. v. 12. ``Provided no indirect act pass upon our prayers to define them.''
      --Jer. Taylor.

    2. To determine concerning; to give judgment or sentence upon. ``We may not pass upon his life.''
      --Shak.

      To pass off, to go away; to cease; to disappear; as, an agitation passes off.

      To pass over, to go from one side or end to the other; to cross, as a river, road, or bridge.

WordNet

pass

adj. of advancing the ball by throwing it; "a team with a good passing attack"; "a pass play" [syn: passing(a), pass(a)] [ant: running(a)]

pass

  1. n. (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls; "he worked the pitcher for a base on balls" [syn: base on balls, walk]

  2. (military) a written leave of absence; "he had a pass for three days"

  3. (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate; "the coach sent in a passing play on third and long" [syn: passing play, passing game, passing]

  4. the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks; "we got through the pass before it started to snow" [syn: mountain pass, notch]

  5. any authorization to pass or go somewhere; "the pass to visit had a strict time limit" [syn: passport]

  6. a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions; "the media representatives had special passes" [syn: laissez passer]

  7. a flight or run by an aircraft over a target; "the plane turned to make a second pass"

  8. a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs [syn: strait, straits]

  9. a difficult juncture; "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a head yesterday" [syn: head, straits]

  10. one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer); "it was not possible to complete the computation in a single pass"

  11. you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent; "he had a bye in the first round" [syn: bye]

  12. a permit to enter or leave a military installation; "he had to show his pass in order to get out" [syn: liberty chit]

  13. a complementary (free) ticket; "the start got passes for his family"

  14. a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl" [syn: crack, fling, go, whirl, offer]

  15. (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team; "the pass was fumbled" [syn: toss, flip]

  16. success in satisfying a test or requirement; "his future depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in introductory chemistry" [syn: passing, qualifying] [ant: failing]

pass

  1. v. go across or through; "We passed the point where the police car had parked"; "A terrible thought went through his mind" [syn: go through, go across]

  2. pass by; "A black limousine passed by when she looked out the window"; "He passed his professor in the hall"; "One line of soldiers surpassed the other" [syn: travel by, pass by, surpass, go past, go by]

  3. make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation; "They passed the amendment"; "We cannot legislate how people's spend their free time" [syn: legislate]

  4. pass by; "three years elapsed" [syn: elapse, lapse, slip by, glide by, slip away, go by, slide by, go along]

  5. place into the hands or custody of; "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers" [syn: hand, reach, pass on, turn over, give]

  6. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets" [syn: run, go, lead, extend]

  7. travel past; "The sports car passed all the trucks" [syn: overtake, overhaul]

  8. come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important" [syn: happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, fall out, come about, take place]

  9. go unchallenged; be approved; "The bill cleared the House" [syn: clear]

  10. pass (time) in a specific way; "How are you spending your summer vacation?" [syn: spend]

  11. guide or pass over something; "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers" [syn: guide, run, draw]

  12. transmit information ; "Please communicate this message to all employees" [syn: communicate, pass on, put across]

  13. disappear gradually; "The pain eventually passed off" [syn: evanesce, fade, blow over, pass off, fleet]

  14. go successfully through a test or a selection process; "She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now" [syn: make it] [ant: fail]

  15. go beyond; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year" [syn: exceed, transcend, overstep, go past, top]

  16. accept or judge as acceptable; "The teacher passed the student although he was weak" [ant: fail]

  17. allow to go without comment or censure; "the insult passed as if unnoticed"

  18. transfer to another; of rights or property; "Our house passed under his official control"

  19. pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into Nirvana" [syn: sink, lapse]

  20. be identified, regarded, accepted, or mistaken for someone or something else; as by denying one's own ancestry or background; "He could pass as his twin brother"; "She passed as a White woman even though her grandfather was Black"

  21. throw (a ball) to another player; "Smith passed"

  22. be inherited by; "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead" [syn: fall, return, devolve]

  23. cause to pass; "She passed around the plates" [syn: make pass]

  24. grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography" [syn: authorize, authorise, clear]

  25. pass from physical life and lose all all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "They children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully" [syn: die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire] [ant: be born]

  26. eliminate from the body; "Pass a kidney stone" [syn: excrete, egest, eliminate]

Wikipedia

Pass

Pass, PASS, The Pass or Passed may refer to:

Pass (military)

A pass is permission to be away from one's Military for a limited period of time. Time away on a pass is not counted against leave, the annual allotment of days off from duty.

Pass (geography)

Pass (spaceflight)

A pass, in spaceflight and satellite communications, is the period in which a satellite or other spacecraft is visible above the local horizon, and therefore available for radio communication with a particular ground station, satellite receiver, or relay satellite (or, in some cases, for visual observation). The beginning of a pass is termed acquisition of signal; the end of a pass is termed loss of signal. The point at which a spacecraft comes closest to a ground observer is the time of closest approach.

Pass (software)

pass is a password manager inspired by the Unix philosophy. It has a command-line interface, and uses GnuPG for encryption and decryption of stored passwords.

Pass (ice hockey)

In ice hockey, a pass is the movement of the puck from one player to another, usually by a motion of the stick. A pass differs from a shot, in that a pass is typically weaker than a shot and is not directed at the opponent's net with the intention of scoring a goal. The function of passing in ice hockey during gameplay strongly resembles the role of passing in other goal sports such as soccer and lacrosse. Passing (along with skating, shooting, and stick handling) is one of the most fundamental skills in hockey. An effective pass is described as being "stick to stick" or "tape to tape", referring to the tape on the blade of a hockey stick. Effective passing requires good vision, anticipation, and timing. A player that is an effective passer will normally record many assists, which are awarded to the second and third to last player to touch the puck before a goal. The National Hockey League record for most career assists is 1,963 by Wayne Gretzky, who is considered one of the best passers of all time. Different types of passes are employed in different situations or using different techniques:

Backhand pass : using the back side of the blade of the stick.
Centering pass : to the put the puck into the centre of the ice (the "slot"). This is the most dangerous pass in hockey both because it provides the best opportunity to score and because if the intended receiver misses it, there is a strong likelihood that the puck will come to an opponent with few obstacles to the net.
Clear-out or clearing pass: a pass out of a team's defensive zone. Its primary purpose is defensive, to prevent the opposition from getting the puck for the opportunity to score.
Cross-ice pass : a pass that traverses the width of the ice surface (e.g. from the left winger to the right winger).
Drop pass : when a player passes the puck directly behind him to a teammate. If executed properly, the puck stops moving and the pass's receiver catches up to it.
Hand pass : a pass made with the hand. It is legal when both passer and recipient are inside the defending zone, otherwise illegal. An illegal hand pass results in a stoppage of play and a faceoff at the position where the puck was passed from.
Headmaning the puck : (a.k.a. a stretch pass, an outlet pass, or a long bomb) a long pass that allows one's team to move out of their defensive zone and start a rush. An especially long and well executed one that results in a breakaway is then called a breakaway pass.
No-look pass : made while not looking at the receiver.
Offside pass : a pass to a player who is offside. This can mean a two-line pass(no longer current in the NHL since 2005), a pass that crosses two lines marked on the ice for such purposes. Depending on the era and league, the centre red line may or may not count as such a line. Or, it can refer to a pass to a player who has entered the offensive zone before the puck. This type of pass is always offside no matter how many lines it crosses.
Saucer pass : an airborne pass from one player to another. It is called a saucer pass because the puck resembles a flying saucer in mid-air.
Slap pass : a hard shot aimed at a teammate's stick. It is a shot that is intentionally aimed away from the net to an open teammate's stick.
Suicide pass : a pass that forces the receiver to look down or away from the play in order to find the puck, leaving him vulnerable to a powerful body check.
Tic-tac-toe : a play that involves two quick passes and a shot and results in a goal.
Wiktionary

pass

Etymology 1 n. 1 An opening, road, or track, available for passing; especially, one through or over some dangerous or otherwise impracticable barrier such as a mountain range; a passageway; a defile; a ford. 2 A single movement, especially of a hand, at, over(,) or along anything. 3 A single passage of a tool over something, or of something over a tool. 4 An attempt. 5 (context fencing English) A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike an adversary. 6 (context figuratively English) A thrust; a sally of wit. 7 A sexual advance. 8 (context sports English) The act of moving the ball or puck from one player to another. 9 (context rail transport English) A passing of two trains in the same direction on a single track, when one is put into a siding to let the other overtake it. 10 Permission or license to pass, or to go and come. 11 A document granting permission to pass or to go and come; a passport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission; as, a railroad or theater pass; a military pass. 12 (context baseball English) An intentional walk. 13 The state of things; condition; predicament; impasse. 14 (context obsolete English) Estimation; character. 15 (context obsolete Chaucer compare 'passus' English) A part, a division. 16 The area in a restaurant kitchen where the finished dishes are passed from the chefs to the waiting staff. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (lb en heading) ''Physical movement.'' 2 # (lb en intransitive) To move or be moved from one place to another. 3 # (lb en transitive) To go past, by, over, or through; to proceed from one side to the other of; to move past. Etymology 3

n. (context computing slang English) A password (especially one for a restricted-access website).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

pass

"mountain defile," c.1300, from Old French pas "step, track, passage," from Latin passus "step, pace" (see pace (n.)).

pass

"written permission to pass into, or through, a place," 1590s, from pass (v.). Sense of "ticket for a free ride or admission" is first found 1838. Colloquial make a pass "offer an amorous advance" first recorded 1928, perhaps from a sporting sense. Phrase come to pass (late 15c.) uses the word with a sense of "completion, accomplishment."

pass

late 13c. (transitive) "to go by (something)," also "to cross over," from Old French passer (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *passare "to step, walk, pass" (source also of Spanish pasar, Italian passare), from Latin passus "step, pace" (see pace (n.)). Intransitive sense of "to go on, to move forward, make one's way" is attested from c.1300. Figurative sense of "to experience, undergo" (as in pass the time) is first recorded late 14c. Sense of "to go through an examination successfully" is from early 15c. Meaning "decline to do something" is attested from 1869, originally in cards (euchre). In football, hockey, soccer, etc., the meaning "to transfer the ball or puck to another player" is from c.1865. Related: Passed; passing.\n

\nThe meaning "to be thought to be something one is not" (especially in racial sense) is from 1935, from pass oneself off (as), first found 1809. The general verb sense of "to be accepted as equivalent" is from 1590s. Pass up "decline, refuse" is attested from 1896. Pass the buck is from 1865, said to be poker slang reference to the buck horn-handled knife that was passed around to signify whose turn it was to deal. Pass the hat "seek contributions" is from 1762. Pass-fail as a grading method is attested from 1955, American English.

Gazetteer

Usage examples of "pass".

Church of England or of Rome as the medium of those superior ablutions described above, only that I think the Unitarian Church, like the Lyceum, as yet an open and uncommitted organ, free to admit the ministrations of any inspired man that shall pass by: whilst the other churches are committed and will exclude him.

A vial of that which is first passed in the morning, should be sent with the history of the case, as chronic rheumatism effects characteristic changes in this excretion, which clearly and unmistakably indicate the abnormal condition of the fluids of the body upon which the disease depends.

It is one of a small group of diseases characterized by the production of abnormally high quantities of urine, so that water seemed simply to pass through the body in a hurry.

He watched as the first shark made a pass at Abo, who moved out of its way like a bullfighter.

Not knowing exactly what excuse to make, but hoping for something to turn up, the mullah took a lantern and followed him out, taking the lead as they passed through the gap in the fence and drew abreast of the mosque portico.

He was sitting in a music hall one evening, sipping his absinth and admiring the art of a certain famous Russian dancer, when he caught a passing glimpse of a pair of evil black eyes upon him.

She seemed to have passed into a kind of dream world, absolved from the conditions of actuality.

As, however, the aggregation caused by this salt travels down the tentacles at a quicker rate than when insoluble particles are placed on the glands, it is probable that ammonia in some form is absorbed not only by the glands, but passes down the tentacles.

These fugitives, who fled before the Turkish arms, passed the Tanais and Borysthenes, and boldly advanced into the heart of Poland and Germany, violating the law of nations, and abusing the rights of victory.

I had a feeling that I had passed through this abusive cult for a reason.

The reason given for this change of form was that it more conveniently allowed the lower road to pass between the springings and ensured the transmission of the wind stresses to the abutments without interrupting the cross-bracing.

The entire county could be listening in, but too much time had passed and Banish needed to talk to Abies now.

The magnificent prospects which Academician Markov had hinted at in passing were hard to take in all at once.

You may pass it on to Privalov, or to the Moscow Academician to whom you sent the knife.

Sunday was a day for pleasure and not business he hoped I would honour them by passing the day at their pretty house on the Amstel, and they were delighted at my accepting their invitation.