One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1By the way; incidentally.‘the group's disbandment was announced, almost en passant, by the president’
in passing, incidentally, by the way, parenthetically, while on the subject, aproposView synonyms
- ‘Almost en passant, the album redefined the job and the self-image of the DJ.’
- 1.1Chess By the en passant rule.
- ‘If White plays another move he cannot then decide to capture en passant!’
- ‘Only pawns can be captured en passant.’
en passant rule (or law)
The rule that a pawn making a first move of two squares instead of one may nevertheless be immediately captured by an opposing pawn on the fifth rank.
- ‘This en passant rule must happen on the current move of the game.’
- ‘Although you may play a hundred games, and never have to use the En Passant rule, you should know it if your opponent uses it.’
Early 17th century: French, literally ‘in passing’.
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