Definition of pass off in US English:

pass off

phrasal verb

British
  • (of proceedings) happen or be carried through in a specified, usually satisfactory, way.

    ‘the weekend had passed off entirely without incident’
    • ‘Police have advised many pubs to provide plastic glasses and extra doormen to ensure the big day passes off safely.’
    • ‘An event on this scale takes a lot of preparation we're working hard to ensure it all passes off smoothly.’
    • ‘Despite a huge police presence following months of warnings about the potential for trouble, the event passed off peacefully.’
    • ‘She said the event had passed off peacefully with no arrests.’
    • ‘It's up to me to make sure everything passes off without a hitch.’
    • ‘‘The night passed off without any major incident, indeed it was very quiet,’ he said.’
    • ‘Around 20 000 people turned up to this year's festivities and it passed off without any trouble.’
    • ‘Buskers and street artists performed at every corner and the entire proceedings passed off without a hitch.’
    • ‘Earlier, a march by around 250,000 demonstrators had passed off peacefully but one large group set fire to government buildings.’
    • ‘We will be policing this event appropriately, to make sure the rally passes off without incident.’
    take place, go off, happen, occur, be carried though, be completed, be brought to a conclusion, be accomplished
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