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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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But if past experience is any guide, the Lifetime Pasta Passes might be gone in seconds.
Perfectly-timed tackle on Modric Accurate passes: 35 Total passes: 48 Pass accuracy: 72.9%
Could not keep his scoring sequence going after six on the trot and did look tired and jaded in the second half which must be a worry Accurate passes: 16 Total passes: 20 Pass accuracy: 80% 7
City have averaged 83 bad passes per match this season in the Premier League, the lowest number.
To further sweeten the deal, this promotion can be combined with BritRail's range of discount Passes, including the BritRail Party Pass (up to 50% off on the third through ninth passengers), BritRail Family Pass (one child per adult travels free), BritRail Senior Pass (up to 15% off in first class), BritRail Youth Pass (up to 20% off in first or standard class), Eurail Pass Holder Rate (up to 50% off for youth with a valid Eurail Pass) and the BritRail Guest Pass (up to 25% off for you and a British resident).
The passes are now being renewed with: | All pass holders who qualify on grounds of age (they were born before January 1951) automatically sent a renewed pass to their home address, before April 1; | Pass holders who qualify on disability grounds, who have a permanent disability and are registered with the council or hold a Blue Badge permit will also have their passes automatically renewed, and | Pass holders who qualify on disability grounds, but for whom the council has no up-to-date information regarding their disability, will need to provide proof they remain eligible for the scheme.
And while Liverpool also made almost three times as many backpasses as Everton, this probably highlights Brendan Rodgers' desire for his side to build from the back, passing the ball across the backline rather than asking Brad Jones to kick the ball from his hands (although Tim Howard recorded a 59% pass completion rate, while Jones was just 38 per cent - and Howard actually made more open play passes than his rival).
The Scottish Government has launched a 24-hour hotline for people to report misuse, such as passengers using dead relatives' passes, which costs Scotland millions of pounds every year.
The Passenger Transport Authority Centro has introduced a pounds 5 fee to replace English National Concessionary Travel Passes that are valid on buses, trams and trains across the region.
4 passes across the lane to 2 at the free-throw-line extended, and 2 hits 3 close to the low post.
In movies like The Associate, Watermelon Man, and True Identity and in Eddie Murphy's Saturday Night Live skit "White Like Me," the darkskinned African American, with the help of modem techniques in make-up, passes for white with quite comical results.
Employers now may distribute transit passes (valued at $65 per month for 2001), as qualified transportation fringe benefits, for more than one month without negating the tax-free status of the passes.