free pass

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free pass (plural free passes)

  1. safe passage.
  2. A document entitling the bearer to free transportation.
  3. An exemption from normal processes.
    • 2009 May 27, “Sottomayor deserves Senate's respect”, in The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ:
      At the same time, however, no one is entitled to a free pass to the nation's highest court.
  4. (baseball) An intentional walk.
    Smith was issued a free pass after Jones' double.