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pass as (someone or something)
1. To be able to be accepted as or believed to be someone or something else. The fact that glass can so easily pass as diamond among most consumers tells me that the gem's value is kind of a hoax. With the right clothes and makeup, I think you could easily pass as an adult.
2. To cause someone or something to be accepted as or believed to be someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pass" and "as." A fancy glass exterior isn't enough to pass this budget phone as the premium gadget the company wants you to think that it is. A nice suit could easily pass you as a respectable businessman.
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pass as someone or something
to succeed in being accepted as someone or something. The spy was able to pass as a regular citizen. The thief was arrested when he tried to pass as a priest.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To give some unreal impression that is accepted as real; pass for something: Although he was 30, he could easily pass as a teenager when he shaved his beard.
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