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: the act, action, or process of offsetting increased costs by raising prices
: an opening in a wall between two rooms through which something (such as dishes) may be passed
US law : pass-through entity
They structured the business as a pass-through to enjoy more beneficial tax treatment.


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US law
: relating to or arising from a pass-through entity
pass-through income

Examples of pass-through in a Sentence

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In pass-through spaces: Sometimes, the smaller areas in your home need the most love and attention. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 14 Sep. 2023 To accommodate long-term tenants, Cooke installed a washer and dryer in the pass-through bathroom, which connects the bedroom to the living area and kitchen. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2023 All of our picks have pass-through charging, enabling you to charge the power bank and your iPhone simultaneously. Simon Hill, WIRED, 3 Sep. 2023 These quick-drying shoes feature full, open-mesh on the tops and sides, plus holes in the sole for excellent water pass-through. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 31 Aug. 2023 But perhaps most useful and exciting are the two pass-through ratchets (one ¼-inch and one 3/8-inch drive). Sarah Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Aug. 2023 From the floating glass staircase to the pass-through fireplace between the living and dining rooms, the five-bedroom, contemporary-style residence focuses on elegant design detail. Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2023 The backpack has even more pockets on the exterior, as well as a luggage trolley pass-through. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 The pass-through penalty dropped him from second to 17th. Mark Long, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2023
Here, accordion-fold windows easily open to allow for a convenient pass-through for food and drinks, while a slim trough cut into the countertop can be stocked with ice (and copious amounts of rosé). Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 16 Mar. 2023 There's also a clever pass-through space under the front passenger seat that can fit longer copper pipes commonly used for plumbing, as well as an underfloor compartment meant to hold wires and cables. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 15 Mar. 2023 The kitchen has a pass-through to the living area, plus high ceilings, skylights, butcher block counters, and stainless appliances. Jon Gorey,, 10 Mar. 2023 The flap remains closed with an invisible magnet to keep the design super sleek, and there's even a pass-through strap at the back for slipping it over your rolling luggage handle. Women's Health, 3 Mar. 2023 Porter also opened what had been a small pass-through between the kitchen and family room. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2023 Tax cut beneficiaries pump $22.5 million into pro-Johnson campaign fund In 2017, Johnson held up passage of Trump's tax bill by objecting to the plan's already generous tax break for pass-through businesses. Andrew Hahn, Journal Sentinel, 16 Jan. 2023 Bureaucratic loopholes and pass-through arrangements give Bulgarian officials political cover while fueling Ukraine’s war effort — though the cover is thinly veiled. Boryana Dzhambazova, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2023 Total revenue in 2022 was £14.4 billion, equivalent to about $17.3 billion, while revenue less pass-through costs was £11.8 billion. Megan Graham, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pass-through was in 1952

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“Pass-through.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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