pass (someone or something) off as

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pass (someone or something) off as

: 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.

Word by Word Definitions

pass play
  1. : move, proceed, go

  2. : to go away : depart

  3. : die

  1. : a means (such as an opening, road, or channel) by which a barrier may be passed or access to a place may be gained

  2. : a position to be held usually against odds

  1. : realization

  2. : the act or an instance of passing : passage

  3. : a usually distressing or bad state of affairs

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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