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pass a bum check

To submit a money order as payment when the account being drawn upon does not or will not have adequate funds for the order to clear. Primarily heard in US. My ex-husband was so addicted to shopping that, by the end of our marriage, he had started passing bum checks just to keep making purchases. Being in debt has always scared the hell out of me, so I've made sure to never pass a bum check in my life.
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pass (something) with flying colours

To win, achieve, or accomplish something exceptionally well or very successfully. Said especially of a test, examination, or training of some kind. Primarily heard in UK. Samantha was rather nervous taking her final exam, but she passed with flying colours! Your brother passed his apprenticeship with flying colours. He'll be a master builder in no time!
See also: colour, flying, pass

a passing fancy

Something that captures one's interest or enthusiasm for only a brief period of time. Jim was really into learning about horticulture for a while, but it turned out to be only a passing fancy. I played a few sports during college, but they were all just passing fancies.
See also: fancy, passing

pass the Rubicon

To commit to a particular plan or course of action. The phrase refers to how Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon river and became embroiled in civil war in 49 BCE. Look, if you cheat on this test, you are passing the Rubicon, man. You can't take that back. I think I passed the Rubicon when I took this management position. It would be a huge pay cut to go back to my old job, and my boss would be furious.
See also: pass, Rubicon

pass on to the Great Beyond

euphemism To die. It's such a shame that Tom has passed on to the Great Beyond. When is his funeral?
See also: beyond, great, on, pass

pass under the yoke

To be humiliated in defeat. The phrase derives from the ancient practice of humiliating troops by having them walk under a yoke that was symbolic of the victorious army. Many enemy soldiers passed under the yoke of the Roman army. Having to attend my rival's medal ceremony is like passing under the yoke.
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in passing

casually; said or mentioned as an aside. I just heard your name in passing. I didn't hear more than that. The lecturer referred to George Washington in passing.
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just passing through

just moving through an area and not stopping. We didn't stop in Moose Jaw. We were just passing through.
See also: just, passing

mention someone or something in passing

to mention someone or something casually; to mention someone or something while talking about someone or something else. He just happened to mention in passing that the mayor had resigned. John mentioned in passing that he was nearly eighty years old.
See also: mention, passing

with each passing day

as days pass, one by one; day by day. Things grow more expensive with each passing day. We are all growing older with each passing day.
See also: each, passing

mention (somebody/something) in passing

to refer to someone or something briefly while talking about something else During the interview, she mentioned in passing that her father had also been involved in publishing.
See also: mention, passing

in passing

Incidentally, by the way, as in "It may be remarked in passing" (Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, 1849). [Mid-1800s]
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in passing

While going by; incidentally.
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And a persistent `insularity' hamstrings many contributors, often only passingly aware of advances in codicology or editorial theory, as well as of insular Anglo-Latin or Old English prose masucripts.
The chemistry we've seen before, and it works passingly well while the two characters spark off each other.
Aliens are only passingly interesting to see; what one wants to do is talk to them, sense the strangeness of another mind.
Readers even passingly familiar with the literature have heard of the infamous Robert Martinson study of 1974, which claimed that "nothing works" in correctional educational programming.
Professor Khan has passingly alluded to the quality of data.
James Brooke, the Denver-based rocky Mountain bureau chief for the New York Times, says part of the solution is as simple as location: It's a lot easier to write intelligently about an area you've lived in or with which you're at least passingly familiar.
Mullane, supra note 109, at 118 ("[I]t is passingly strange to find a sudden desire to avoid an adversarial presentation of testimony whether lay or expert about credibility or any other subject.
Many of you may be at least passingly familiar with the Miller name.
The breadth of the quay wall is given next, and at 6 1/2 cubits it is passingly accurate in comparison with the figure of 3.
He passingly refers to a list of some 20 items that (unnamed) "Christian leaders" found offensive, specifying only two of them: a scene in which Jesus watches Mary Magdalene having sex, and Paul's statement "I've created truth out of what people needed and believed.
made of it, or note more than passingly its naggingly counterintuitive aspects, (10) to find the hypothesis suggestive and enlivening
As Rothman, herself the adoptive parent of a black daughter, tells it: "A Jew, a woman, a feminist, passingly disabled, a member of an interracial family, a nursing mother--I have a thousand identities.
I suppose the subject of whether patrons allowed for the development of a certain kind of art (namely, that Pound was able to do what he wanted rather than having to worry about a popular audience) is passingly interesting, but then so are any number of other subjects that bear on these issues: agents; friends who help friends get published; the advantage of being published by a large commercial house; universities employing writers, and on and on.