- going by or past; elapsing: He was feeling better with each passing day.
- brief, fleeting, or fortuitous; transitory: to take a passing fancy to something.
- done, given, etc., in passing; cursory: a passing mention.
- surpassing, preeminent, or extreme.
- indicating satisfactory performance in a course, on a paper, in a test, etc.: a passing grade on a test.
- surpassingly; exceedingly; very.
- in passing, by the way; incidentally: The speaker mentioned his latest book in passing.
Origin of passing
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- transitory or momentarya passing fancy
- cursory or casual in action or mannera passing reference
- archaic to an extreme degreethe events were passing strange
- a place where or means by which one may pass, cross, ford, etc
- a euphemism for death
- in passing by the way; incidentallyhe mentioned your visit in passing
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Word Origin and History for in passing
"in a (sur)passing degree, surpassingly," late 14c., from pass (v.).
"death," 1869, verbal noun from pass (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with in passing
Incidentally, by the way, as in “It may be remarked in passing” (Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, 1849). [Mid-1800s]
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