One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An act or instance of passing through, or passing something through.
2Originally US. The action of passing on a cost to a customer; an instance of this.
3A hatch through which food, etc., may be passed from one room to another.
4North American. A state, city, etc., through which funds are passed on to another destination, without any being retained by it.
1Originally US. Of costs, etc.: that are passed on to the buyer; chargeable to the customer.
2Denoting a hatch, window, etc., through which food, plates, etc., may be passed.
Late 19th century (in an earlier sense). From pass + through, after to pass through ——.
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