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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.
To be carried out to completion. I was so nervous, but the ceremony passed off without a hitch.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 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).
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.
pass something off
(as something) Go to shrug something off (as something).
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
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.
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.
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.
- better of
- at the expense of somebody/something
- be/have done with somebody/something
- be in line with (someone or something)
- (someone or something) promises well
- begin with
- begin with (someone or something)
- be enamored with (someone or something)
- bear off from (someone or something)
- beware of (someone or something)