pass over

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

  1. (transitive) To bypass (something); to skip (something).
  2. (transitive) To make a transit of; to pass through or across (something).
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 8, in The China Governess[1]:
      It was a casual sneer, obviously one of a long line. There was hatred behind it, but of a quiet, chronic type, nothing new or unduly virulent, and he was taken aback by the flicker of amazed incredulity that passed over the younger man's ravaged face.
  3. (transitive) To fly over (something).
  4. (transitive) To overlook; not to note or resent.
    to pass over an affront
  5. (intransitive, euphemistic) To die and thus progress to the afterlife.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[2]:
      "But why should I be in another room?" "You passed over in the night." "Passed over? Do you mean I died?" "Yes, lady, you died." There was a long silence.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 276:
      Death does not change him, and when such a one passes over, he lingers to impress his vileness still further upon weak humanity.


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