- pass up,
- pass with flying colors,
Origin of passable
Examples from the Web for passable
A serious presidential campaign should have at least a passable answer to an obvious, expected, and potentially disabling attack.Mitt Romney Lost the Summer: Tax Returns, Overseas Gaffes, & More|Robert Shrum|August 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
What passable comedy has existed in these bleak times has largely sprung from the camp of writer/director/producer Judd Apatow.
You might expect charming or at least passable small talk to be a gateway skill for a politician.
Her instructions were clear and I eventually produced a passable batch of puff.
And on any other network, The Biggest Loser's ratings would merely be passable.
It is passable, for those who can climb a little, and whose clothes do not mind nail-rip or paint-stain.It Never Can Happen Again|William De Morgan
A gravel surfacing on this section makes it passable the whole year round.Third Biennial Report of the Oregon State Highway Commission|S. Benson, W. L. Thompson, R. A. Booth, Herbert Nunn
The 3rd Brigade with camels would follow if the road was passable.The Story of the Malakand Field Force|Sir Winston S. Churchill
He says she looks like a heathen Chinee but otherwise is passable.Turn About Eleanor|Ethel M. Kelley
The wine was not first-rate, but passable; no sweets: of course one must expect to be deprived of something.Legends of the Bastille|Frantz Funck-Brentano