Definition of pass something up in English:

pass something up

phrasal verb

  • Refrain from taking up an opportunity.

    ‘he passed up a career in pro baseball’
    • ‘Having waited so long for the chance he can't envisage passing it up.’
    • ‘My grandfather has been going to the races for years, and when he got the opportunity to buy this car, he didn't pass it up.’
    • ‘Well, sir, I don't know too many men who, given the opportunity to serve on a boat like the Seaview would pass it up!’
    • ‘It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I could not pass it up.’
    • ‘Surely his superiors would not want him to pass up such an opportunity.’
    • ‘She would never be able to forgive herself if she passed up an opportunity like this.’
    • ‘Two scoring chances had been passed up before Clarke put his side four up again with yet another remarkable point.’
    • ‘She would hit upon things that were such a good deal she felt she couldn't justify passing them up.’
    • ‘As their campus minister, I had urged them not to pass up an opportunity to reach out to the poor and oppressed.’
    • ‘If you get the chance to see this band live, do not even consider passing it up.’
    fail to take advantage of, turn down, reject, refuse, decline, deny oneself, give up, forgo, let go by, let pass, miss, miss out on, ignore, brush aside, dismiss, waive, spurn, neglect, abandon
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