One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Evade or lightly dismiss an awkward remark.‘he made a light joke and passed it off’
- ‘When I meet him, he tries to pass it off with a joke.’
- ‘Simpson now passes the comment off as ‘a joke’.’
- ‘He forced a smile, hoping to pass the remark off as a mild joke.’
- ‘He might have passed her words off as the whims of childishness but she was not alone in her condemnations.’
- ‘It seemed as if he meant to pass it off as a casual observation.’
Throw the ball to a teammate who is unmarked.‘he scored eight times and passed off forty-one assists’
- ‘He did a nice fake then passed the ball off to our power forward under the basket.’
- ‘Paul quickly picked up on Will's style and was able to quickly pass the ball off to his other teammates before Will could steal it.’
- ‘Instead of taking the ball to the hoop, for a lay-up, the guy passes the ball off and continues the offense.’
- ‘He raised his hand in the air, signaling the offensive play, and passed it off to Rob, who had run up to the free-throw line.’
- ‘That meant he would have to shoot from long range or try to drive and pass the ball off.’
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