One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Refrain from taking up an opportunity.‘he passed up a career in pro baseball’
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, abandonView synonyms
- ‘As their campus minister, I had urged them not to pass up an opportunity to reach out to the poor and oppressed.’
- ‘She would never be able to forgive herself if she passed up an opportunity like this.’
- ‘It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I could not pass it up.’
- ‘She would hit upon things that were such a good deal she felt she couldn't justify passing them 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.’
- ‘If you get the chance to see this band live, do not even consider passing 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!’
- ‘Surely his superiors would not want him to pass up such an opportunity.’
- ‘Two scoring chances had been passed up before Clarke put his side four up again with yet another remarkable point.’
- ‘Having waited so long for the chance he can't envisage passing it up.’
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