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
- ‘She would hit upon things that were such a good deal she felt she couldn't justify passing them up.’
- ‘If you get the chance to see this band live, do not even consider passing it up.’
- ‘As their campus minister, I had urged them not to pass up an opportunity to reach out to the poor and oppressed.’
- ‘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!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I could not pass it up.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Surely his superiors would not want him to pass up such an opportunity.’
- ‘Having waited so long for the chance he can't envisage passing it up.’
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