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pass (something) around

1. To pass something to the person next to one, so that it may then be passed to the next person, and so on. Pass this book around so everyone has a chance to have a good look at the illustrations. We sat passing around a bottle of whiskey, reminiscing about the good old days.
2. To offer or distribute copies or pieces of something to multiple people in a group. Here, Tom, pass these worksheets around to everyone in class. The performers passed around to the children in the audience.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pass something around (to someone)

to offer something to everyone. Please pass the snacks around to everyone. Would you pass around the snacks?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pass around

1. To transfer something from one person to another: We passed around each plate of food that was brought to us. The teacher gave the book to the students and told them to pass it around.
2. To be transferred from one person to another; circulate: The bottle of wine passed around the table.
3. To offer something to each person in a group: I brought a handful of fliers to the meeting and passed them around to everyone. The clowns passed around pieces of candy to the children.
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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.
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Beyond the fir wood was an open curve in the road and she had promised to wave a last farewell as they passed around it.
The pates and fruit were brought to the dining-room; the bonbons were passed around. And the ladies, selecting with dainty and discriminating fingers and a little greedily, all declared that Mr.
His Majesty seemed thoughtful, and while the servants passed around glasses of nectar and plates of frosted cakes their King was silent and a bit nervous.
And Grandfather allowed his fancy to shape out an image of Lieutenant- Governor Hutchinson, sitting in an evening reverie by his fireside, and meditating on the changes that had slowly passed around the chair.
The boy merely peered into the house as he passed around it to the rear, and he saw his father and mother, at opposite corners, sleeping without covering, and, in the middle of the floor, his four naked brothers and sisters curled together in a tangle like a litter of puppies.
A cocoanut goblet of water was passed around the juvenile company, who rinsing their mouths with its contents, proceeded to the business before them.
There were two golden bands fastened to them that passed around the back of her head, where they were locked together by a little key that was at the end of a chain the Guardian of the Gates wore around his neck.
They were connected in the Yukon fashion, by a leather thong passed around the neck and across the shoulders.
The captain led them through many rooms, where richly dressed foxes were sitting on beautiful chairs or sipping tea, which was being passed around by fox-servants in white aprons.
They soon discovered that the path they had been following now made a bend and passed around the enclosure, but what made Ojo stop and look thoughtful was a sign painted on the fence which read:
Breaking off some tough vines, he tied his puppy's legs together, and then, with another piece of vine passed around his neck, slung the puppy on his back.
They spoke in low tones as they passed around the house under great oak trees and came to a stop before a small barn.
At this name a murmur of astonishment passed around the group of spectators of this scene.
Fentolin passed around a decanter of wine which had been placed upon the table by the butler.
I passed around the corner and someone saw me grin.