You see, as far as passing the baton down, Michael used to look at Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and James Brown.
It is also the passing of a certain era of baseball, the last of a certain kind.
If only passing legislation were as easy as introducing new products from Apple.
The bit was long, as she was in probably the only room in the world where passing out pizza would be a difficult task.
Jonathan Pollard is an American spy who is serving a life sentence for passing on classified information to Israel.
Four companies of dragoons were passing through the town at a trot.
He supposed me to be some passing stranger, and did not recognize me.
D'Argenson saw, as in a mirror, what was passing in Gaston's mind.
The next thing was to borrow a trifle of what was passing through his hands.
passing through the wicket-gate he stopped for a moment at the door.
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]