pass (someone or something) off as

idiom

: to cause people to wrongly believe that someone or something is someone or something else
amateurs passing themselves off as professionals
She passed the poem off as her own.

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Recent Examples on the Web In the show, Halina uses coats to trade and pass off as Aryan. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 15 June 2024 Across all versions, changelings could easily pass off as their human counterparts — their true likeness only exposed by way of trickery or beatings. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 7 Sep. 2023 There's a difference between imitating someone’s style for practice or in homage and copying it to pass off as your own. Vivian Lam, WIRED, 24 Feb. 2023 Along with fighting academic dishonesty, the tool could be used to detect AI misinformation campaigns or chatbots trying to pass off as human, the company said. Peter Weber, The Week, 31 Jan. 2023 Several of the pills were altered to pass off as legitimate oxycodone and Xanax pills, the press release added. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 12 Oct. 2022 The series is full of jokes that Will and Grace pass off as a couple and Jack, a theater geek and Will’s close friend, acts as the flamboyant counterpart to Will. André-Naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 19 July 2022 Everything that Byju’s has tried to pass off as due process or strategic business moves could ultimately be deemed cost-cutting measures for a company nearing the end of its financial runway. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 1 July 2022 To pass off as tourists, his family brought only bare essentials, stuffing clothes, Bibles and snacks into two 20-inch suitcases and two small backpacks. Josh Chin, WSJ, 2 June 2021

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“Pass (someone or something) off as.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pass%20%28someone%20or%20something%29%20off%20as. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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