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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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In those situations, Prescott's passer rating dropped from 101.0 to 87.1 in 2018, roughly the difference between how well Goff and Brock Osweiler performed this season.
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.
Including these observations in our sample would bias our estimates of own-race discrimination toward zero, since the passer in these situations has no choice regarding the race of the player he can pass to.
With the use of Slovin's formula, sample sizes for the passers and the non-passers was determined separately.
The SutureLasso[TM] and tapered needle passer repairs were the strongest, failing at loads of 285 N and 287 N, respectively, which were significantly greater (p < 0.05) than the other two passers (Table 1).
These techniques can promote fairly regular case clearance rates and can successfully convict individual check passers. But because of the amount of time required to process these cases, they may not make a significant impact on the crime problem.
The close connection Brown establishes between passing and traditional notions of true womanhood emerges clearly from an examination of the different fates that befall the novel's central passers: Clotel and her daughter Mary.
And worse, this problem of having only about 25 percent passers and too many law schools failing with zero passers has bedeviled the bar exams since the 1980s.
All shooters, passers, and rebounders should always move at "game speed" in practice because they will be expected to move at that speed in games.
Check passers actually negotiate stolen and counterfeit checks through the banking system and collect the proceeds to distribute to the group.