One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An authorization of free admission or travel.
- ‘In several large cities pensioners have free passes which give them unlimited travel within and beyond the city boundary.’
- ‘You see, I had free passes (the only way anyone can really afford to go there) and took the kids.’
- ‘The city of Melbourne was three miles distant from the port but easily accessible by train, for which the authorities furnished them free passes.’
- ‘The health-club chain, which has three clubs in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh, cut its normal joining fee by 50% last month and offered 20 free passes for family and friends.’
- ‘A guy wearing a strange tin mask distributes free passes to the screening of a new horror film to some young, perky college girls.’
- ‘Give them free passes to municipal pools, rinks, gyms and recreation centres, which is what occurred in Kingston, Ontario, when school district officials copied an idea which reportedly originated in Delta, B.C.’
- ‘The council has more than 250 home-to-school contracts, with 12,000 students on free passes, with a further 25,000 students using local transport every day.’
- ‘Passengers travelling without free passes are charged €5 per return journey on every route.’
- ‘That doesn't mean they aren't guilty of vile abuses, but their superiors shouldn't get a free pass.’
- ‘She had a free pass which expired today and the pool closes for the season after Labor Day.’
- ‘And as an employee you got free passes to the park.’
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