pass for something

pass for (someone or something)

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.
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pass for something

in. to pay for something; to treat someone by paying for something. Come on. Let’s go out. I’ll pass for dinner.
See also: pass, something
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Ehlers argues that it is not only Alice but also Leonard who was able to pass for something that the court decided that he or she was not.
In fact, the five-bedroom family home could pass for something much younger if first glances are anything to go by.
Far removed from his natural habitat, the green-skinned, Hawaiian shirt-wearing reptile finds it virtually impossible to camouflage himself in his new all-brown environment, choosing instead to pass for something he's not, a fearless gunfighter named Rango.
The image might pass for something manufactured with a compass set in geometry class, but mathematical certainties are far away: The longer we stare at the work's pristine patterns, the more precarious our sense of balance becomes.
"We wanted to make sure it'd pass for something you could buy in the supermarket," researcher Morris Benjaminson, Ph.D., told New Scientist magazine.
So in this instance, one Canadian location didn't have to pass for something else--it could play itself.