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pass degree

(in English universities) an ordinary bachelor's degree conferred without honors.
Also called poll, poll degree.
Origin of pass degree
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That is, it would seem, a pass degree tends to make a man a Tory.

  • He had taken a pass degree, when he might have captured the highest honours.

    No Defense, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • The system for granting the pass degree is, in its broader outlines, the same as for all degrees.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • An American pass degree might be taken by electing, as all students now elect, a certain number of courses at random.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • Ralph Percival was contentedly slacking it in preparation for a pass degree.

    A College Girl Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • His tutorial business had been for many years to drive the unwilling and ungrateful blockhead through the pass degree.

    The New Warden Mrs. David G. Ritchie

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