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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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That meant that all Sony had to do was pass the hat and throw the party and leave it for the cognoscenti to figure out whom to congratulate.
The partnership was lucky to survive a blunder at the first fence before making the running and staying on dourly from the second last to beat Pass The Hat (David Casey) by a half-length with gambled-on favourite Shanpallas (6/1 to 7/2) third and top-weight Alderwood fourth.
The 11-year-old stayed on strongly to defy a high of 70 and deny backers of the 12-1 runner-up Pass The Hat at a low of 1.25 in running on Betfair.
But he has since flopped in Killarney, when pulled up in the race won by another of today's rivals Pass The Hat.
In his only previous outing over the bigger obstacles, Seefood had finished third behind Pass The Hat and Dushybeag at Limerick in October.
On his latest start Your Busy ran a blinder behind Pass The Hat in a good race at Leopardstown and at 20-1 he should give anyone who backs him an exciting run.
The winner of that race, Pass The Hat, gets an 8lb penalty to a new mark of 127.
And last year's third Home Farm, fifth in the Paddy Power but only seventh to stable-companion Pass The Hat at Leopardstown last time, might be sent off favourite and has solid claims.
Good record Arthur Moore, trainer of Home Farm, last year's Irish Grand National third, and Pass The Hat, has sent out two winners of this event in the past six years.
And he's been in the shake-up in two competitive handicaps in Leopardstown - he was just beaten by He'llberembered in the Leopardstown Chase and, the last day, he was fourth to Pass The Hat.
Everything suits here, so hopefully he'll put it behind him." Arthur Moore, trainer of Pass The Hat "He has a good each-way chance.