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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

a passing fancy

Something that captures one's interest or enthusiasm for only a brief period of time. Jim was really into learning about horticulture for a while, but it turned out to be only a passing fancy. I played a few sports during college, but they were all just passing fancies.
See also: fancy, passing

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.
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pass (something) with flying colors

To win, achieve, or accomplish something exceptionally well or very successfully. Said especially of a 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 deliver something to an intended recipient after having received it from someone else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pass" and "along." Can you pass this notebook along to Jim when you see him in Spanish class? Grandpa gave me a few of his old magazines to pass along to you.
2. To relay a message from one person to another. Sure, I'll pass that info along to the Jamie. Please pass along my message when you see him.
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mention (something) in passing

To say something, casually or as an aside, during a conversation. It wasn't the main focus of our discussion—he only mentioned it in passing. Karen mentioned the party in passing the other day, but she didn't go into detail.
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pass current

1. obsolete Of a coin, to have a particular monetary worth. The coin passed current for 21 shillings until the end of the 17th century.
2. near-obsolete To be considered genuine or authentic. What passes current as orthodox religious views these days would be considered quite liberal—downright blasphemous, even—two hundred years ago.
See also: current, pass

pass water

euphemism, old-fashioned To urinate. It's a fairly common malady for men to start having trouble passing water when they reach a certain age.
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in passing

casually; said or mentioned as an aside. I just heard your name in passing. I didn't hear more than that. The lecturer referred to George Washington in passing.
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just passing through

just moving through an area and not stopping. We didn't stop in Moose Jaw. We were just passing through.
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mention someone or something in passing

to mention someone or something casually; to mention someone or something while talking about someone or something else. He just happened to mention in passing that the mayor had resigned. John mentioned in passing that he was nearly eighty years old.
See also: mention, passing

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?
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with each passing day

as days pass, one by one; day by day. Things grow more expensive with each passing day. We are all growing older with each passing day.
See also: each, passing

in passing

Incidentally, by the way, as in "It may be remarked in passing" (Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, 1849). [Mid-1800s]
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a passing acquaintance with someone

If you have a passing acquaintance with someone, you know them slightly. To those with only a passing acquaintance he is charming and engaging. Note: You can also say that you have a nodding acquaintance with someone. And of course, he can now claim — after his first summit as head of government — more than a nodding acquaintance with his fellow leaders. Note: You can call a person a passing acquaintance or a nodding acquaintance if you know them slightly. He was no more than a passing acquaintance of Wright.

a passing acquaintance with something

If you have a passing acquaintance with something, you only know a little about it. These days a theatre-goer needs more than a passing acquaintance with science. Note: You can also say that you have a nodding acquaintance with something. We chatted for a little about poetry, with which he showed considerably more than a nodding acquaintance.

pass current

be generally accepted as true or genuine. British
Pass current originally referred to the currency of a genuine coin, as opposed to a counterfeit one.
See also: current, pass

pass water

urinate. dated euphemistic
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pass ˈwater

(formal) pass urine (= waste liquid) out of your body; urinate
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in ˈpassing

done or said while you are giving your attention to something else: ‘What did the minister say about educational reform?’ ‘Not very much. He just mentioned it in passing.’Could I just say in passing that...?
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in passing

While going by; incidentally.
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Anyone passingly familiar with ecclesiastical protocol and politics sees what's going on here.
Sizer only passingly mentions the darker side of the dispensationalist version of Zionism: the belief that the long history of antisemitic persecution, including the Holocaust, represents God's "chastisement" of his chosen but wayward people.
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While passingly affined with recent trends toward the animaloid, Jensen's oeuvre points more forcefully in the direction of such sculptors as Robert Gober and Katarina Fritsch, arch craftspeople in whose work irony and spiritualism are hard to tell apart.
The principal father of the Constitution is discussed only passingly.
But as Hamilton/Publius passingly implied in The Federalist Nos.
Furthermore, in the absence of any reference to other commentators, any reader passingly familiar with other reconstructions of the text cannot help but wonder how Theunissen would respond to previously established perspectives on the text's conceptual unity.
1986) (finding sham marriage where the husband "was only passingly familiar with the apartment in which [the couple] were supposedly residing and was unable to state within a decade his wife's correct age").
For those only passingly familiar with the Iban textile field a wise choice would be to read Gavin's Chapter VI first.
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And yet when I pulled down from the shelf a collection of essays on Chaucer that Edward Wagenknecht edited in 1958, I discovered that in the course of 17 essays on The Canterbury Tales, Jews get mentioned, always passingly and twice in endnotes, all of four times.
The sumptuous recreation of Delft may look fantastic on screen but it is also a barrier to becoming more than passingly involved in the story.
The author alters the familiar storyline of Shakespeare's play, rewrites famous speeches, and transforms or exaggerates the attributes of key characters so as to surprise and amuse an audience assumed to be at least passingly familiar with the original.
This is not just any judgment, but a feminist one, which means that the audience must be at least passingly familiar with feminist objections to tokenism, to the commodification of female bodies, to the perpetuation of a narrow Western beauty ideal, and so forth, if they are to "get" the irony.
He may register some internal objection when Senator Harris makes a joke about gay hairdressers, but he remains able to characterize his homosexuality, however passingly, as a choice he has made, even though he clearly recalls the impossibility of maintaining an erection whenever he attempted heterosexual intercourse.