pass out

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pass out (third-person singular simple present passes out, present participle passing out, simple past and past participle passed out)

  1. (intransitive) To faint; to become unconscious
    I pass out at the sight of blood.
    I passed out on the train after drinking a bottle of vodka.
  2. (transitive) To distribute, to hand out
    We'll pass out copies of the agenda.
  3. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see pass,‎ out.
    • 1882, James Jackson, Tom Terror, the Outlaw:
      “You speak of terms,” she said. “These are mine. Stand aside and let me pass.” [] “So you accede to my terms?” she said. “I am to pass out?”
  4. (of soldiers, police, fire-fighters, etc.) To graduate, usually marked by the ceremony at the end of their training.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 113:
      He wasn't allowed to finish his training to go to France; but was sent to England on a Physical Training Course and passed out First Class.
  5. (bridge, transitive) To end (a round) by having passes as the first four bids.