pass (one's) lips

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pass (one's) lips

1. To be said by one. No sooner had the words passed my lips than I regretted what I'd said.
2. To be eaten or drunk by one. As soon as the first morsel passed my lips, I knew it would be an exquisite meal.
See also: lip, pass
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pass one's lips

Speak, utter, as in Not a word of it will pass my lips, I promise. [Mid-1700s]
See also: lip, pass
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 someone's lips

be eaten, drunk, or spoken by someone.
See also: lip, pass
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

pass (one's) lips

1. To be eaten or drunk.
2. To issue or be spoken: Rumors never passed her lips.
See also: lip, pass
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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On leaving England she was the last person in the world whose name I would have suffered to pass my lips. On returning to England, she was the first person I inquired after, when Mr.
On that head, therefore, I shall be uniformly silent; and you may assure yourself that no ungenerous reproach shall ever pass my lips when we are married."
Not even a bacon sandwich can pass my lips now without my colleague Anne Barrett's mad home made West Indian chilli sauce (spam and tom with chilli sauce is the new favourite at work).
"But thanks to the love of a good woman, the strongest thing that will pass my lips from now on will be a nice cup of tea - with Sweetex."
It was a working day for me, and I took a pledge that not a drop would pass my lips before 11pm, even though I caught some of the big match.
Never, throughout fourteen years of formal education, followed by thirty-five years of teaching, did I ever believe those words would pass my lips. However, as has been observed before, never is a long, long time.
Typical is Lois Phillips Hudson, who writes: "Though I might mumble them in a nightmare, never in any waking moment will the words 'President Bush' pass my lips." She suggests his title be "President," forever in quotes.
Every evening I would cook myself a healthy dinner and not a drop of booze was to pass my lips. I'd be the picture of health and Christianity - in bed before the early hours.
I don't let another morsel pass my lips after 6:00 pm....
More and more these days, the words 'Thank the Lord I was young when I was and I'm old now and won't have to put up with this damn tomfoolery much longer!' pass my lips at least twice a day.
I need a ruthless regime, a diet that's so strict it's illegal for even a morsel of forbidden food to pass my lips, yet still allows lots of my favourite dishes.
I would never willingly let the liquid this company produces pass my lips.
He said: "I was stripped bare mentally but the strongest thing to pass my lips nowadays is coffee.