This meant they required two-thirds majorities to pass, instead of a simple majority.
So when constituents demanded that he pass a patients' bill of rights in the early 2000s, he fought hard for it.
Unfortunately, when you pass, three things can happen, two of them bad.
Peter Beinart on why the front-runner should pass on his party's first primary, not just August's Straw Poll.
On average about 20 percent of the cars that pass sound their horns to show their support.
She did not pass in front of a public ball-room without going in.
Austin, being nearest the door, opened it for the ladies to pass out.
My heart will break if this thing you meditate comes to pass.
It is difficult for me to fix positively the breadth of this pass.
Just pass it over lightly if they ask you anything about it.
late 13c. (transitive) "to go by (something)," also "to cross over," from Old French passer (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *passare "to step, walk, pass" (cf. Spanish pasar, Italian passare), from Latin passus "step, pace" (see pace (n.)). Intransitive sense of "to go on, to move forward, make one's way" is attested from c.1300. Figurative sense of "to experience, undergo" (as in pass the time) is first recorded late 14c. Sense of "to go through an examination successfully" is from early 15c. Meaning "decline to do something" is attested from 1869, originally in cards (euchre). In football, hockey, soccer, etc., the meaning "to transfer the ball or puck to another player" is from c.1865. Related: Passed; passing.
The meaning "to be thought to be something one is not" (especially in racial sense) is from 1935, from pass oneself off (as), first found 1809. The general verb sense of "to be accepted as equivalent" is from 1590s. Pass up "decline, refuse" is attested from 1896. Pass the buck is from 1865, said to be poker slang reference to the buck horn-handled knife that was passed around to signify whose turn it was to deal. Pass the hat "seek contributions" is from 1762. Pass-fail as a grading method is attested from 1955, American English.
"mountain defile," c.1300, from Old French pas "step, track, passage," from Latin passus "step, pace" (see pace (n.)).
"written permission to pass into, or through, a place," 1590s, from pass (v.). Sense of "ticket for a free ride or admission" is first found 1838. Colloquial make a pass "offer an amorous advance" first recorded 1928, perhaps from a sporting sense. Phrase come to pass (late 15c.) uses the word with a sense of "completion, accomplishment."
v. passed, pass·ing, pass·es
To go across; go through.
To cause to move into a certain position.
To cease to exist; die.
To be voided from the body.
Asexualadvance; proposition (1928+)
[in the first verb sense, pass oneself off as is found by 1809]