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- (transitive) Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see pass, up.
- Can you pass up this box to the guy on the ladder?
- (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:
- 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.
- (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, 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.
Sense 3 is typically used in Singapore in educational contexts; more often in speech than writing.