One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Pass again, especially on the way back.
- ‘Schumacher damaged his front wing trying to repass while Fisichella crashed out altogether soon after.’
- ‘One of the most common modern examples is obstruction of the highway over which all members of the public have a right to pass and repass.’
- ‘The Commisioners could not avoid the requirements in relation to public roads by calling them private roads and granting rights to everyone to "pass and repass" on them.’
- ‘These five varieties, with many intermediate ones, pass and repass into each other.’
- ‘But the efforts to advance allowed Steward to close and repass, before he clashed with Seager and gave Luck 10th.’
- ‘That means that one aircraft may pass and repass on more than one occasion.’
- ‘The grant of a right to "pass and repass" does not per se include a right to park.’
- ‘Just modify your circuits and make them like Hockenheim, where people pass and repass.’
- ‘Although Josh was able to repass Mawer for the third place he had lost while avoiding the wayward Senna, Fisher ran out of time to catch Duran for second.’
- ‘This was because they had lately been enlarging the canal at this place, to make more room for the boats to pass and repass.’
- ‘As friends and acquaintances pass and repass they pelt one another with missiles of flowers.’
- ‘I had a very good start and overtook Massa but unfortunately he was able to repass me at Becketts.’
- ‘The only right to use the highway which the court was prepared to recognise was to pass and repass, and matters incidental to this.’
2with object Pass (legislation) in an amended form or under changed conditions.‘Congress repassed the statute with the added interstate commerce clause’
- ‘"The House wants to repass this energy bill for one reason alone: to put the bogey on Senate Democrats," Wicker told Muckraker.’
- ‘He was required to report the cancellation to Congress, which then could repass the provision as ordinary legislation under expedited procedures.’
Late Middle English: from Old French repasser.
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