pass up

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɑːs ˈʌp/
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pass up (third-person singular simple present passes up, present participle passing up, simple past and past participle passed up)

  1. (transitive) Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see pass,‎ up.
    Can you pass up this box to the guy on the ladder?
  2. (idiomatic, transitive) To refuse (not accept); forgo.
    He passed up my invitation for dinner, saying he was too busy
    • 2011 October 1, Phil McNulty, “Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Everton were, perhaps understandably, deflated at the setback and it was no surprise when Suarez added Liverpool's second after 82 minutes. Distin and Baines were involved in a mix-up as the Uruguayan advanced into the area, and he was not about to pass up the gift to shoot low past Howard.
  3. (Singapore, transitive) To submit (hand in) items to a person, usually one's teacher.
    The teacher told us to pass up our English homework.
    • 1979 September 16, “THE TWENTY MAXIMS”, in The Straits Times[2], page 1:
      Be punctual and pass up schoolwork on time.
    • 2004, Lana Yiu Lan Khong, Family Matters: The Role of Parents in the Singapore Education, page 159:
      The teachers called me, she doesn't do her work, she doesn't pass up work, she'll hide her papers everywhere.
    • 2015 May 11, Hafsah Ali, Shhhh!!! Can Airport Talk?:
      At times, when I had to pass up assignments, I did them whenever I had any free time at work.

Usage notes[edit]

Sense 3 is typically used in Singapore in educational contexts; more often in speech than writing.


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