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As a verb, to utter or pronounce, as when the court passes sentence upon a prisoner. Also to proceed; to be rendered or given, as when judgment is said to pass for the plaintiff in a suit.

In legislative parlance, a bill or resolution is said to pass when it is agreed to or enacted by the house, or when the body has sanctioned its adoption by the requisite majority of votes; in the same circumstances, the body is said to pass the bill or motion.

When an auditor appointed to examine any accounts certifies to their correctness, she is said to pass them; i.e., they pass through the examination without being detained or sent back for inaccuracy or imperfection.

The term also means to examine anything and then authoritatively determine the disputed questions that it involves. In this sense a jury is said to pass upon the rights or issues in litigation before them.

In the language of conveyancing, the term means to move from one person to another; i.e. to be transferred or conveyed from one owner to another.

To publish; utter; transfer; circulate; impose fraudulently. This is the meaning of the word when referring to the offense of passing counterfeit money or a forged paper.

As a noun, permission to pass; a license to go or come; a certificate, emanating from authority, wherein it is declared that a designated person is permitted to go beyond certain boundaries that, without such authority, he could not lawfully pass. Also a ticket issued by a railroad or other transportation company, authorizing a designated person to travel free on its lines, between certain points or for a limited time.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

PASS. In the slave states this word signifies a certificate given by the master or mistress to a slave, in which it is stated that he is permitted to leave his home, with the authority of his master or mistress. The paper on which such certificate is written is also called a pass.

PASS, practice. To be given, or entered; to proceed; as, let the judgment pass for the plaintiff.

TO PASS. To accomplish, to complete, to decide.
     2. The title to goods passes by the sale whenever the parties have agreed upon the sale and the price, and nothing remains to be done to complete the agreement. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 939.
     3. When a jury decide upon the rights of the parties, which are in issue, they are said to pass upon them.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The Chargers have a passer with big-play ability -- quarterback Philip Rivers orchestrated 59 pass plays of 20 yards or more in 2018, the third most after Patrick Mahomes (72) and Jared Goff (66) -- but their defense allowed 52 big plays through the air and another 11 on the ground, putting the team precariously close to the 2014 Patriots (64), one of two Super Bowl winners with that many or more big plays against during the regular season.
We do this by including a fixed effect for each four-player combination on the court aside from the passer. We find that the probability that the shooter is white increases by 0.65 percentage points relative to a baseline probability of 37.1 percentage points (or a 1.8% increase) and is not statistically significant.
Professional check passers know how long these investigations take.
Robert Ormsby translates `in sinu' here as `between her thighs'.(14) Of course, the passer obviously enjoyed the freedom of Lesbia's body.
Brees had season-lows of 217 yards, no touchdowns and a 77.2 passer rating while completing 56.3 percent of his throws against a bad defense.
"However, having made Passer By I think we do have a moral responsibility to each other and Iwould certainly be more inclined to intervene.''
Check passers actually negotiate stolen and counterfeit checks through the banking system and collect the proceeds to distribute to the group.
The passer's ethnicity is not easier to read than her gender, and in both cases socially sanctioned signifiers such as skin color and attire are instrumental in hiding the liminal subjectivity they are supposed to contain.
A passer by was killed in firing by the robbers during resistance against them.
Les emigres venus passer les vacances au pays ou passer lee ramadan en famille, rentrent chez eux.