pass off

pass off(
pahs
 
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to portray as)
a. dar la impresión de que
When Juliana got offended, Cesar tried to pass off what he said as a compliment.Cuando Juliana se ofendió, César trató de dar la impresión de que lo había dicho como cumplido.
b. hacer pasar por
Keith gained entry to the private club by passing himself off as a nephew of one of the members.Keith consiguió entrar al club privado haciéndose pasar por el sobrino de uno de los miembros.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
2. (to occur) (United Kingdom)
a. transcurrir
We hope that the ceremony will pass off without any interference from the weather.Esperamos que la ceremonia transcurra sin interferencia del clima.
b. celebrarse
After all the confusion, the party passed off with no issues.Después de toda la confusión, la fiesta se celebró sin complicaciones.
3. (to disappear) (United Kingdom)
a. desaparecer
The pain should pass off within a few days.El dolor debe desaparecer dentro de unos días.
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pass off
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (general)
a.
to p something off as somethinghacer pasar algo por algo
to p oneself off ashacerse pasar por
he tried to p it off as a jokeintentó hacer ver que había sido una broma
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (general)
a.
everything passed off welltodo fue bien
pass off
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 (happen) transcurrir
it all passed off without incident todo transcurrió sin percances
that passed off rather well, don't you think? the main demonstration passed off peacefully the royal visit passed off smoothly
2 (wear off) [+headache, bad mood] pasarse
her headache passed off after an hour el dolor de cabeza se le pasó una hora después
fortunately the effects of the gas passed off relatively quickly his depression had passed off by the next time she saw him
transitive verb
1 (present as genuine)
to pass sth/sb off as sth hacer pasar algo/a algn por algo; he passed the girl off as his sister hizo pasar a la chica por su hermana
horse meat being passed off as ground beef there have been several stories in the news about hospital porters passing themselves off as doctors he passed himself off as a senior psychologist
to pass o.s. off as sth hacerse pasar por algo; she tried to pass herself off as an 18-year-old intentó hacerse pasar por una chica de 18 años
2 (dismiss)
to pass sth off [as] sth he passed it off [as] a virus
he tried to pass it off as a joke intentó quitarle importancia haciendo ver que lo había dicho en broma
/he passed it off as a sore throat/ but it turned out to be something much more serious the dictatorship passes the repression off as an unfortunate necessity apartheid tends to pass segregation off as natural anyone who suffers from angina may therefore pass off the anginal pain as just another attack of angina
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