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pass someone or something off
(on someone) (as someone or something) Go to palm someone or something off (on someone) (as someone or something).
pass something off
(as something) Go to shrug something off (as something).
pass something off (on someone) (as something)and pass something off
to get rid of something deceptively by giving or selling it to someone as something else. I passed the rhinestone off on John as a diamond. Don't try to pass that fake off on me! He couldn't pass off the stone on the clever jeweler.
to happen in a particular way The ceremony passed off without a problem, with the baby sleeping through most of it.
1. Misrepresent something or someone, as in They tried to pass off that piece of glass as a gemstone, or Bill passed her off as his sister. [Late 1700s] Also see palm off.
2. Be completed or carried out, take place, as in The meeting passed off without incident. [Late 1700s]
1. To offer, sell, or circulate something that is an imitation as though it were genuine: Some dishonest merchants are able to pass off glass as a gemstone.
2. To present someone as something else. Often used reflexively: He tried to pass himself off as a banker, even though he has no experience in finance. The clever spy passed herself off as a store clerk. My friend passed the refugee off as a visiting cousin when the landlord asked who he was.
3. To disregard or ignore something by considering it to have some negative quality: I passed his snide comment off as a joke. They pass off everything I say as ignorant.