Definition of pass out in US English:

pass out

phrasal verb

  • 1Become unconscious.

    ‘he consumed enough alcohol to make him pass out’
    • ‘She doesn't help matters by getting totally drunk every night and passing out, only to wake in the morning with no memory of what she's done.’
    • ‘At the Convention Centre, people stumbled toward the helicopters, dehydrated and nearly passing out from exhaustion.’
    • ‘He passed out and woke up later in the recovery room, his wrists tied with gauze to the bed and gagging from the tube in his throat.’
    • ‘He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2003 after passing out at the wheel of his car.’
    • ‘Fortunately, my nephew has made a complete recovery and remembers everything that happened before he passed out.’
    • ‘The court heard the woman passed out and was dragged unconscious from the creek.’
    • ‘After being released on probation, he ended up passing out drunk and was picked up by police.’
    • ‘It is rare that anyone can last more than 5 minutes before passing out.’
    • ‘You're going to pass out unless you can get your breathing under control.’
    • ‘At this point, sheer panic set in, as I was about 30 seconds from passing out.’
    faint, collapse, lose consciousness, black out, keel over
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  • 2British Complete one's initial training in the armed forces.

    • ‘After graduating with a BA in geography from Salford University, he joined the Royal Marines and passed out in 1996.’
    • ‘Martin successfully passed out at the Royal Marines training centre in Devon.’
    • ‘After passing out recently, he joined 42 Commando.’
    • ‘Jonathon passed out of basic training last month and is now looking forward to a full army career.’
    • ‘He passed out of the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst last year.’
    • ‘He passed out in June 2001 following a 40-week intensive training course.’
    • ‘He was the fittest recruit to pass out of training for the Royal Marines.’
    • ‘He joined the Royal Signals in 1999 after passing out from Sandhurst as the year's top academic graduate, winning him the Queen's Medal.’
    • ‘He was a member of the sea cadets in Trowbridge and passed out from an officers' course before sailing out to Singapore on the aircraft carrier, Illustrious.’
    • ‘He ended up in the Territorial Army, joined the Commandos and passed out at Sandhurst as an officer in the Welsh Regiment.’
  • 3(of bridge players) not play a hand because all players have passed.

    • ‘In second seat my hand looked awful to me, so I passed, and it was passed out.’
    • ‘This is passed out and Laura comes down with a 10-count including 3 hearts.’
    • ‘If all four players pass on their first turn to speak the hand is said to be passed out.’