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pass for someone or something
to be accepted as someone, some type of person, or something. You could pass for your twin brother. This painting could almost pass for the original.
pass for something
to pay for something; to treat someone by paying for something. Come on. Let's go out. I'll pass for dinner. I'll pass for drinks if you want.
pass for somebody/something
to appear to be someone or something else A lot of what passes for humor these days is just anger expressed in the form of a joke. Although he's 35, he could still pass for a college student.
Be accepted as or believed to be, usually something that is not so. For example, Jean is 23 but could pass for a teenager, or They thought that copy would pass for an original. [Late 1500s]
To be accepted as something; be believed to be something: The fake painting passed for an original. If you wore that heavy coat and fur hat, you could pass for a Russian.