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pass (someone or something) off (as something else)

To pretend someone or something is, or disguise someone or something as, something else. I passed Jake off as my brother so he could take advantage of our family discount. There are always guys passing cheap watches off as Rolexes in this part of town.
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pass off

To be carried out to completion. I was so nervous, but the ceremony passed off without a hitch.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pass someone or something off

(on someone) (as someone or something) Go to palm someone or something off (on someone) (as someone or something).
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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.
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pass something off

(as something) Go to shrug something off (as something).
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pass off

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]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

pass off

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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Damage as a result of the 'Passing Off ' must also be established.
In other words, innocence is no defence to a claim of 'Passing Off'.
As mentioned above, 'Passing Off ' provides a rather limited--and, to a certain extent, rather technical--form of legal protection and the extent will depend upon the facts and circumstances of each particular case.
Likewise, in a more recent case (8), the former 'Spice Girl', Geri Halliwell, suffered the same fate when she tried to sue in 'Passing Off the Italian company, Panini, the manufacturer of stickers bearing her name and likeness.
Again, in the well-known case of the street trader Matthew Reed, which went to the European Court of Justice and back to the English High Court and on to the Court of Appeal, selling 'unauthorised' football souvenirs bearing the registered trademarks of the Arsenal Football Club outside their ground, Arsenal failed in their claim of 'Passing Off ' because Reed's stall contained a 'disclaimer' notice that the goods were not official Arsenal merchandise, or endorsed by them.
[Disclosure: I can't claim LeClair as a friend, my extensive praise of Passing Off not withstanding; we have never met, never mind going one-on-one on a tennis or basketball court.
Passing On is a splendid short novel which, in passing, suggests that the reader take another pass at understanding the way Passing Off works.
When a satisfied pilgrim wants Keever to write up his experience for the Terminal Tours Web-page, he thinks, "that's what the Internet is for, everybody passing on or passing off their autobiographies" (56).
Yet the passage serves an important thematic function in context: "What a tricky player the mind is, I think to myself, passing off deceptions on itself, passing on fictions for others, just not ever quite able to pass through the world without transforming it, making it smaller or similar or simpler so it will fit inside the head" (121-2).
It is LeClair's fiction in Passing On and Keever's persistent claim--here comes the switcheroo that makes the whole enterprise a game of gotcha squared--that Keever's wife Ann is the "actual" writer of Passing Off! Is this supposed to be Durrell's Balthazar correcting the "reality" of Darley's Justine? reports that the Patents County Court has found that the sale of nailcare products under the brand name LUMOS did not amount to passing off of these products as claimed by Lumos Skincare Limited, a company selling high-end skincare products, as there was no evidence of misrepresentation in this case.
Whilst it takes time for a new business to acquire valuable goodwill that is relied upon in a passing off of a claim against a third party, it is not necessary to achieve this to register a trade mark or enforce it.
Protection is available only in two ways: by way of the law of passing off ( but only when a valuable goodwill is established ( and under the Trade Marks Act, but only if you've a registered trade mark.
In his action Irvine argued that passing off could be extended to the goodwill and reputation established in his own name and image.