to be or cause to be accepted or circulated in a false character or identity: he passed the fake diamonds off as real
(intr) to come to a gradual end; disappear: eventually the pain passed off
to emit (a substance) as a gas or vapour, or (of a substance) to be emitted in this way
(intr) to take place: the meeting passed off without disturbance
(tr) to set aside or disregard: I managed to pass off his insult
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with pass off
Misrepresent something or someone, as in They tried to pass off that piece of glass as a gemstone, or Bill passed her off as his sister. [Late 1700s] Also see palm off.
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