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pass a bum check

To submit a money order as payment when the account being drawn upon does not or will not have adequate funds for the order to clear. Primarily heard in US. My ex-husband was so addicted to shopping that, by the end of our marriage, he had started passing bum checks just to keep making purchases. Being in debt has always scared the hell out of me, so I've made sure to never pass a bum check in my life.
See also: bum, check, pass

pass (something) with flying colours

To win, achieve, or accomplish something exceptionally well or very successfully. Said especially of a test, examination, or training of some kind. Primarily heard in UK. Samantha was rather nervous taking her final exam, but she passed with flying colours! Your brother passed his apprenticeship with flying colours. He'll be a master builder in no time!
See also: colour, flying, pass

pass the Rubicon

To commit to a particular plan or course of action. The phrase refers to how Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon river and became embroiled in civil war in 49 BCE. Look, if you cheat on this test, you are passing the Rubicon, man. You can't take that back. I think I passed the Rubicon when I took this management position. It would be a huge pay cut to go back to my old job, and my boss would be furious.
See also: pass, Rubicon

pass on to the Great Beyond

euphemism To die. It's such a shame that Tom has passed on to the Great Beyond. When is his funeral?
See also: beyond, great, on, pass

pass under the yoke

To be humiliated in defeat. The phrase derives from the ancient practice of humiliating troops by having them walk under a yoke that was symbolic of the victorious army. Many enemy soldiers passed under the yoke of the Roman army. Having to attend my rival's medal ceremony is like passing under the yoke.
See also: pass, yoke

pass (something) with flying colors

To win, achieve, or accomplish something exceptionally well or very successfully. Said especially of an test, examination, or training of some kind. Samantha was rather nervous taking her final exam, but she passed with flying colors! Your brother passed his apprenticeship with flying colors. He'll be a master builder in no time!
See also: color, flying, pass

pass along

1. To take something from one person and deliver it to the intended recipient. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pass" and "along" or after "along." Can you pass this notebook along to Jim when you see him in Spanish class?
2. To relay a message from one person to another. Sure, I'll pass that info along to the Jamie.
See also: pass

pass something along

 (to someone)
1. to give or hand something to someone. Would you kindly pass this along to Hillary? Please pass along my advice to Wally over there.
2. to relay some information to someone. I hope you don't pass this along to anyone, but I am taking a new job next month. Could you pass along my message to Fred?
See also: pass

have passed your sell-by date

COMMON If someone or something has passed their sell-by date, they are no longer useful, successful, or relevant. Do you think our marriage has passed its sell-by date? Note: You can also say that someone or something is past their sell-by date. Many people feel the presenter is past her sell-by date. Note: You can also say that someone or something has reached their sell-by date. Critics of the monarchy say it has reached its sell-by date. Note: Most food has a date stamped on its packaging: this is its sell-by date. After this date it is no longer fresh enough to sell.
See also: date, have, passe
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Passe has conducted blindfolded drives on several occasions, but never tackled a route longer than 10 miles.
Resident passes may be purchased online or in the Recreation office at 1420 Main St.
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And the sale of monthly bus passes was suspended with the alleged crime costing the company more than pounds 25,000.
I just tried to increase the number of passes in keeping with the status of the ministers.
The Passenger Transport Authority Centro has introduced a pounds 5 fee to replace English National Concessionary Travel Passes that are valid on buses, trams and trains across the region.
Individual season passes purchased by April 1 cost $43 for Palmdale residents and $54 for nonresidents.
The "Ball-Man" (X2) stops the penetration of the dribbler, while the "Basket-Man" (X1) protects both low-post "blocks" and takes both the first and second perimeter passes made to either wing and then back to the center of the court.
I agree that 15 passes a month isn't enough, but I also understand the need to restrict how often students can go to the bathroom.
Employers now may distribute transit passes (valued at $65 per month for 2001), as qualified transportation fringe benefits, for more than one month without negating the tax-free status of the passes.
First, if the transit passes are distributed for a period of no more than three months and the employee is net scheduled to terminate employment before the beginning of the last month in the period, but does in fact terminate, the value of the transit passes provided for months beginning after the date of termination may be excluded from wages for employment tax purposes (FICA, FUTA, and income tax withholding), but must be included in the employee's gross income for reporting purposes.
Thus, the options an employer can offer its employees as an alternative to cash were expanded to include employer-provided transit passes and vanpooling as well.
Although travelers can still pre-reserve seat assignments, the airlines only issue boarding passes the day of travel.
Tests GE performed on HDPE involved numerous extruder passes of both virgin and recycled resins.
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