One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A place where people or things may pass or pass across each other; specifically (a) a ford; (b) a railway siding; (c) a widened section on a narrow or single track road.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Gilbert Hay (c1397–c1465), soldier and poet. From passing + place.
passing place/ˈpɑːsɪŋ ˌpleɪs//ˈpasɪŋ ˌpleɪs/
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