One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Falsely represent a person or thing as (something else)‘the drink was packaged in champagne bottles and was being passed off as the real stuff’
misrepresent, falsely represent, give a false identity toView synonyms
- ‘Each year thousands of shoppers are being conned into buying fake Aberdeen Angus beef passed off as the genuine article by unscrupulous retailers.’
- ‘Making assumptions and passing them off as truth is a poor reflection on someone's character.’
- ‘A trader has been fined £400 after passing off an ‘inferior’ car alarm as an independently approved model.’
- ‘The disturbing issue is that this advertisement was passed off as a legitimate newsworthy article in the sports section.’
- ‘It says that staff in some poultry slaughterhouses commonly repackage and re-date raw chicken several times, passing it off as fresh meat.’
- ‘More than a third of women admit to heating up supermarket products and passing them off as their own creations.’
- ‘She passes off her mood swings as tiredness and shock due to the plane crash, but the truth is that Marc is occupying her every waking thought.’
- ‘She took a great delight in telling everybody she spoke to that it was my birthday and even tried to pass me off as five years younger than I actually was.’
- ‘Trading standards officers will be carrying out checks on licensed premises to make sure they are not cheating customers by passing off cheap cash-and-carry drinks as leading brands.’
- ‘They are deliberately stealing someone else's words and passing them off as their own.’
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