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pass for (someone or something)
1. To be able to be accepted as or believed to be someone or something else. The fact that glass can so easily pass for diamond among most consumers tells me that the gem's value is kind of a hoax. With the right clothes and makeup, I think you could easily pass for an adult.
2. To cause someone or something be accepted as or believed to be someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pass" and "for." A fancy glass exterior isn't enough to pass this budget phone for the premium gadget the company wants you to think that it is. A nice suit could easily pass you for a respectable businessman.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
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.
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.
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.