Definition of Pass off

1. Verb. Be accepted as something or somebody in a false character or identity. "She passed off as a Russian agent"

Generic synonyms: Appear, Look, Seem

2. Verb. Disregard. "She passed off the insult"

3. Verb. Cause to be circulated and accepted in a false character or identity. "He passed himself off as a secret agent"
Generic synonyms: Make Pass, Pass

4. Verb. Disappear gradually. "The pain eventually passed off"
Exact synonyms: Blow Over, Evanesce, Fade, Fleet, Pass
Generic synonyms: Disappear, Go Away, Vanish
Derivative terms: Evanescence, Evanescent, Passing

5. Verb. Come to pass. "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

6. Verb. Expel (gases or odors).
Exact synonyms: Breathe, Emit
Specialized synonyms: Belch, Bubble, Burp, Eruct, Force Out, Emanate, Exhale, Give Forth, Radiate, Bubble
Generic synonyms: Discharge, Eject, Exhaust, Expel, Release
Derivative terms: Emission

Definition of Pass off

1. Verb. (intransitive) To happen. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To misrepresent something. ¹

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Literary usage of Pass off

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"They both pass off at once and leave the audience to guess the word, which is "metaphysician.8 CHARADRIUS ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1908)
"... wanted to pass off anything and everything under the name of the Constitution. There were formed soon (¡n France, Italy, and Belgium) groups of ..."

3. The Civil War in Song and Story, 1860-1865 by Frank Moore (1889)
"It appeared as if they intended to keep us there for the purpose of punishing us, and to kill us all These they would take, after night, and pass off on ..."

4. The Law of Unfair Competition and Trademarks: With Chapters on Good-will by Harry Dwight Nims (1917)
"The Defense that the Defendant has no Intent to pass off His Goods as Plaintiff's Goods. — The contention that the defendant had no intention of passing off ..."

5. Medical lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science, Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1866)
"... does not pass off to the like extent by the kidneys. Diabetic, Urinary, and Hepatic ... pass off ..."

6. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1843)
"They pass off from above the ganglion on the upper surface of the cord, ... these nerves pass off in the same trunk with, but immediately anterior to, ..."

7. The Diplomacy of the United States: Being an Account of the Foreign by Theodore Lyman (1828)
"... treaty—Account of violations of treaty of '83— Debts—Interest—Remarks on Navy and Commerce—Symptoms of •tear in Europe—pass off"—Inscription on gate at ..."

8. The Mechanics' Magazine (1856)
"... and from which the air, after having partly given up its heat to the said chamber, may either enter the room, or pass off by means of a flue. ..."

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