pass sentence (on someone or something)

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pass sentence (on someone or something)

1. Literally, of a judge, to determine and read out a sentence following a criminal conviction. Before I pass sentence, I want to allow a victim-impact statement to be read aloud before the court. The judge passed a sentence of 35 years on the convicted murderer.
2. To make or render a judgment someone or something, especially hastily or preemptively. I know you usually don't like musicals, but don't pass sentence until you see this one for yourself. The president has been quick to pass sentence on those who speak out against her policies.
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pass sentence on someone

 
1. Lit. [for a judge] to read out the sentence of punishment for a convicted criminal. It is my job as judge to pass sentence on you. The judge was about to pass sentence on Max—ten years in prison.
2. Fig. [for someone] to render a judgment on another person in the manner of a judge. You have no right to pass judgment on me! I wish you wouldn't pass judgment on everyone around you.
See also: on, pass, sentence
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He has passed sentence and all three of you shall feel the jeddak's naked steel.
"A dozen courts have already passed sentence upon him, it only remains to catch him, Leicester," said the King.
Judge Paul Thomas yesterday passed sentence on the basis of the fraud and theft charges.
Even the judge remarked on this as he passed sentence down on Hope and Richards.
The 44-year-old stood with his hands clasped behind his back and looked at Mrs Justice Macur as she passed sentence.
Before the judge passed sentence, Esprit's counsel William Eaglestone submitted that his client had lost control of his relationship with Carew and lapsed into dishonesty.
Insurgent commander Mullah Daoud said the woman was whipped, then shot in front of locals after he and two other Taliban chiefs passed sentence.
LORD Chief Justice Coleridge, on taking his seat at Monmouth Assizes, passed sentence on the batch of prisoners who had been found guilty of the riots at Pontymister Works, pictured right, on Christmas Day last.
I felt angry when the judge passed sentence and Sweeney smiled at me.'
He did not give evidence in court and showed no reaction as the judge passed sentence.
Oldfield, supported in court by a throng of well-wishers, smirked as Judge Anne Molyneux passed sentence.
The 17-year-old thug clutched his distraught mother's hand after Judge Henry Abbott passed sentence at the Central Criminal Court.
Deakin, who is seriously ill with heart disease and emphysema, bowed his head as Judge Richard Cole passed sentence at Coventry Crown Court yesterday.
McKee, 50, stood expressionless as Judge Lord Phillip passed sentence at the High Court in Glasgow and said his crime filled the public with 'revulsion and horror'.
As he passed sentence the judge ordered that the second month be backdated to the start of his detention.