One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his death was of only passing interest’
fleeting, transient, transitory, ephemeral, evanescent, brief, short-lived, short, temporary, momentary, fading, impermanent
2‘the sculpture is worth more than a passing glance’
hasty, rapid, hurried, brief, quick
cursory, superficial, casual, perfunctory, desultory, incidental, summary, glancing
1‘the passing of time has done little to improve the situation’
passage, course, progress, advance, process, flow
2‘it was with much regret that I learned of Jack's passing’
death, demise, passing away, passing on, end, expiry, loss, expiration, decease
disappearance, vanishing, dying out
3‘the passing of the government's new Heritage Bill’
enactment, passage, ratification, acceptance, approval, adoption, authorization, sanction, validation, legalization, endorsement
‘he mentioned in passing that you had a lot of female visitors’
incidentally, by the by, by the way, as it happens, in the course of conversation, en passant, parenthetically
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