Idioms

Origin of pass

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English passen < Old French passer < Vulgar Latin *passāre, derivative of Latin passus step, pace1; (noun) Middle English; in part < Middle French passe (noun derivative of passer), in part noun derivative of passen
Related formspass·less, adjectiveout·pass, verb (used with object)sub·pass, noun

Synonym study

35, 76b, 79. See die1.
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British Dictionary definitions for pass away

pass

/ (pɑːs) /

verb

noun

interjection

bridge a call indicating that a player has no bid to make

Word Origin for pass

C13: from Old French passer to pass, surpass, from Latin passūs step, pace 1
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Medicine definitions for pass away

pass

[ păs ]

v.

To go across; go through.
To cause to move into a certain position.
To cease to exist; die.
To be voided from the body.
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Idioms and Phrases with pass away (1 of 2)

pass away


Also, pass on or over. Die, as in He passed away last week, or After Grandma passes on we'll sell the land, or I hear he's about to pass over. All these terms are euphemisms for dying, although the verb pass alone as well as pass away have been used in the sense of “pass out of existence, die” since the 1300s. The two variants—adding on [c. 1800] and over [c. 1900]—allude to moving to some other-worldly realm.

Idioms and Phrases with pass away (2 of 2)

pass


In addition to the idioms beginning with pass

  • pass away
  • pass by
  • pass for
  • pass muster
  • pass off
  • pass on
  • pass one's lips
  • pass out
  • pass over
  • pass the buck
  • pass the hat
  • pass the time
  • pass the torch
  • pass through one's mind
  • pass up
  • pass with flying colors

also see:

  • bring about (to pass)
  • come about (to pass)
  • cross (pass through) one's mind
  • head someone off (at the pass)
  • in passing
  • make (take) a pass at
  • ships that pass in the night
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