pass out(redirected from pass out cold)
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To distribute something to others. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pass" and "out." Please pass these out to the rest of the class. The restaurant is passing out free samples of their food to people walking by.
pass out (cold)
To fall asleep, faint, or lose consciousness. He passed out as soon as he saw the blood. They gave me so much to drink that I passed out cold by 10 PM. I've been up since 5 AM, so I'm just going to go pass out after dinner.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
pass something out (to someone)
to distribute something to someone. Please pass these out to everyone. Pass out these papers to everyone.
to faint; to lose consciousness. Oh, look! Tom has passed out. When he got the news, he passed out.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Distribute, as in He passed out the papers. [Early 1900s]
2. Also, pass out cold. Faint, as in When she heard the news she passed out cold. [Early 1900s] Also see out cold.
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 lose consciousness: Some of the football players passed out from the heat. The bar owner had to throw out patrons who would pass out after drinking.
2. To go to sleep: I went home and passed out after a long day at work.
3. To distribute something: The teacher passed out the test results. Our troop leader passed the cookies out.
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.