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1‘only one incident marred their passage through the country’
transit, progress, passing, movement, moving, motion, going, crossing, travelling, traversal, traverse
2‘the passage of time’
passing, advance, course, march, moving on, flow
3‘they obtained a passage to Ajaccio from the French Minister of Culture’
safe conduct, entry, admission, access
authorization to travel through, permission to travel through, leave to travel in
4‘the overnight passage to Aberdeen was wild and stormy’
voyage, crossing, trip, cruise, sail
journey, tour, trek
5‘police officers cleared a passage to the front door’
way, way through, route, path, course
6‘a small passage led to the kitchen’
corridor, passageway, hall, hallway, entrance hall, entrance, walkway, aisle, gangway
7‘a passage between the buildings’
alley, alleyway, lane, path, pathway, way, footpath, track, trackway, road, thoroughfare
Northern English Scottish ginnel, snicket, vennel, wynd, twitten
North American areaway
North American West Indian trace
8‘food and air passages’
orifice, opening, aperture, hole, channel
9‘an abrupt passage from the darkness of the Middle Ages to the light of the Renaissance’
transition, development, progress, progression, move, change, shift, conversion, metamorphosis
10‘the passage of a Private Member's Bill’
enactment, passing, ratification, acceptance, approval, adoption, authorization, sanction, validation, legalization, endorsement
11‘a passage from ‘Macbeth’’
extract, excerpt, quotation, quote, citation, cite, reading, section, piece, selection, part, snippet, fragment, portion
text, paragraph, verse, stanza, canto, line, sentence, phrase
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