pass off


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pass off expel (gases or odors)
    • v pass off come to pass "What is happening?","The meeting took place off without an incidence","Nothing occurred that seemed important"
    • v pass off disappear gradually "The pain eventually passed off"
    • v pass off disregard "She passed off the insult"
    • v pass off cause to be circulated and accepted in a false character or identity "She passed the glass off as diamonds","He passed himself off as a secret agent"
    • v pass off be accepted as something or somebody in a false character or identity "She passed off as a Russian agent"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Pennsylvania: "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes."
    • Pass off to impose fraudulently, to palm off
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  • William Shakespeare
    “It comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him.”
  • Bob Dylan
    “People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around -- the music and the ideas.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. passer—It. passarepassus, a step.


In literature:

The trial passed off quickly.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
However, every thing passed off quietly.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
I believe I am crazy already; oh, I wish I were free, then all these sensations would pass off.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Kept getting in front, you know, whenever the Bluette wanted to pass, and cutting it off so it had to fall behind.
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Perhaps it will pass off during the night in a thunder-shower.
"Flora Lyndsay" by Susan Moodie
Claude passed off the question with a laugh.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
The party as a whole was a great success, and passed off gayly.
"Under Fire" by Frank A. Munsey
He then turns on his side, the face becomes flushed, and gradually the symptoms pass off and consciousness returns.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
The excitement of the visit began to pass off.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
At first I paid no attention to it; I thought it would pass off.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis

In poetry:

"It burns and glows to strengthen me
In this one hour so grim,
Nor will He take it off until
I pass to stand by Him.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
But while I bow, his footsteps pass away;
And when I look again,
Lo, far off, in the purer, brighter day
He stands without his pain:
"One of The Four In Song" by Alexander Anderson
One of twain, twin-born with flowers that waken,
Now hath passed from sense of sun and rain:
Wind from off the flower-crowned branch hath shaken
One of twain.
"One Of Twain" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
With grief and mourning I sit to spin;
My Love passed by, and he didn't come in;
He passes by me, both day and night,
And carries off my poor heart's delight.
"The Girl's Lamentation" by William Allingham
Now you may see, as in a glass,
The whole estate of mortal men;
How they from seven to seven do pass,
Until they are threescore and ten;
And when their glass is fully run,
They must leave off as they begun.
"The Life And Age Of Man" by Anonymous British
All stupor of surprise hath passed away;
She sees, with clearer vision than before,
A world far off of light and laughter gay,
Herself alone and lonely evermore.
Folk come and go, and reach her in no wise,
Mere flitting phantoms to her heavy eyes.
"Epochs" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Like a prize fighter lifting himself off the canvas, Bryant entered Friday night's game on Newnan's third offensive series and finished with more than 100 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Larry Fitzgerald needs help after Richard Sherman picks off a pass (Photo: John Froschauer, AP).
Cary Edmondson/US PresswireCarson Palmer could not shake off the rust as he completed just 8 of 21 passes in his Raiders debut.
The second-year cornerback picked off two passes, returning one for a touchdown.
Nikita Kotlov scored off a header pass from Eriq Zavaleta midway through the second half to give Indiana a 1-0 victory over Georgetown on Sunday to win the NCAA men's soccer championship.
We took off for the day around three to see what the afternoon would bring--wound up at Deception Pass Bridge.
The state passed legislation this week that requires coaches to immediately pull athletes off the field if the player suffers a concussion or a potential concussion.
He picked off a Sam Bradford pass for his fourth interception over three games.
And legendary QB killer Tracy Porter, like he had against Brett Favre, picked off the pass only this time, TD, game over.
Hockey Pro Russ Courtnall Passes Off to Britney Spears.
Fitzgerald grabbed St Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins by the facemask while preventing Jenkins from picking off a pass in Week 5.
Freshman Johnny Manziel, who had 253 passing yards and 92 rushing as Texas A&M pulled off the landscape-changing upset at Alabama.
Antrel Rolle intercepted two passes by Alex Smith, Prince Amukamara picked off another and the Giants shut down San Francisco in a 26-3 victory over the 49ers on Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game.
Twenty years have passed since Lee Thomas pulled off one of the greatest roster overhauls in Phillies history.
Lawmakers cut state parks off of taxpayer money in 2011 when they started requiring the $30-a-year Discover Pass to park on state recreation lands.

In science:

Some of the BEL radiation will also pass along the flow and will be scattered off the fast moving flow, producing the polarized, non-variable ‘Very Broad Line Region’.
Tests of a Structure for Quasars
The GZK cut-off is the energy at which cosmic ray protons pass the threshold for pion production off the CMB photons.
Concluding Remarks/Summary
Observations were taken in the standard ON-OFF mode, and events parameterized and passed through gamma-ray selection cuts in a similar fashion to observations with the Whipple 10 m telescope.
Status and Performance of the First VERITAS telescope
Frequency response at the centre (r = 0) of a spherical thermal insulator —as given in equation (17)—, along with the frequency response of a low-pass filter of order one and same frequency cut-off, ωcut−off = 1/τ .
Theoretical foundations for on-ground tests of LISA PathFinder thermal diagnostics
The general ruling of the cone W (f ) ⊂ Pr∗ is an (r − t)-dimensional subspace through Π⊥ which cuts V (f )∗ , off Π⊥ , in µ subspaces of dimension r − t − 1 al l passing through the same subspace of Π⊥ of dimension r − t − 2.
Homaloidal hypersurfaces and hypersurfaces with vanishing Hessian