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pass

1. n. a passing grade or mark on a test. (Compare this with fail.) This is my third pass this semester.
2. in. to decline something; to decline to participate in something. I’ll have to pass. I am not prepared.
3. n. an act of declining something. Can I have a pass on that one? There is nothing I can do.
4. n. a sexual advance or invitation. (Usually with make.) When he made a pass at me, he got a pass right back.
5. tv. to succeed in spending counterfeit money; to succeed in cashing a bad check. He was arrested for passing bad checks.
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It was hot and stifling work, but at last I reached a point where the fire lit up the corridor sufficiently for me to see that no soldier of Helium lay between me and the conflagration--what was in it or upon the far side I could not know, nor could any man have passed through that seething hell of chemicals and lived to learn.
I had no reason to harbor any considerable love for this race of self-deified demons, yet I would have passed them by were it possible without molesting them.
That evening she passed two degrees twenty minutes east longitude, and during the night left another degree behind her.
Not two minutes had passed before Prince Vasili with head erect majestically entered the room.
The flier passed on above her to disappear beyond a grove of lofty skeel trees that grew within the palace grounds.
From speaking of books in general, he passed to different books in particular, and proceeded by rapid transitions from topic to topic, till several matters, both of taste and opinion, had been discussed considerably within the space of half an hour, but without the embellishment of many observations from himself; he being evidently less bent upon communicating his own thoughts and predilections, than on discovering mine.
As she passed the first enclosure she thought that she heard the sound of movement within, but the gate did not open and she breathed more easily when it lay behind her.
They passed several small houses and farms, in front of each of which was stationed a sentry.
But having known woman, and love, and fatherhood, and the belly-delights of eating, he had passed on beyond.
While we were still trying to understand each other, a cab passed slowly at some little distance.
As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and said: "You fools, what is a Donkey for but to ride upon?
At the time of Deemer's death nobody could recollect a single day, Sundays excepted, that he had not passed in his "store," since he had opened it more than a quarter-century before.
Neither entreaty nor courtly remonstrance came from the English prince; but Sir Hugh Calverley passed silently over the border with his company, and the blazing walls of the two cities of Miranda and Puenta de la Reyna warned the unfaithful monarch that there were other metals besides gold, and that he was dealing with a man to whom it was unsafe to lie.
I don't know whether I passed in it or not and I have a creepy, crawly presentiment that I didn't.
At the hour appointed for leaving the cottage to pay the promised visit to Holchester House, Hester Dethridge and Geoffrey were alone together in the bedroom in which Anne had passed the night.