Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pass v.

1. [late 19C+] (also pass up, put a pass) to ignore, to have no interest in, to reject or say no (to); esp. in phr. I’ll pass, as a response to an offer or suggestion [SE pass by].

2. in senses of SE pass as/for.

(a) [20C+] of a light-skinned black person, to pose as white.

(b) [1950s+] of a homosexual, to appear heterosexual to those one encounters; similarly of a transsexual, to ‘pass’ as a woman or man.

3. [1910s] (Aus.) to pawn stolen goods [SE pass on/over].

4. [1960s] (S.Afr.) to deal illicit drugs.

5. [1980s] (US campus) to become unconscious (from drink or drugs) [SE pass out].

In phrases

pass up (v.)

see sense 1 above.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

pass a sham saint (v.)

[early 18C] to play the hypocrite.

pass for grass (v.) [the ‘invisibility’ of grass]

[20C+] (W.I., Guyn.) to be treated disrespectfully, to be someone who does not matter.

pass (someone) one (v.)

[1900s] (Aus.) to punch, to slap.

pass oneself (v.) [? abbr. SE surpass]

[20C+] (Ulster) to behave as expected.

pass oneself out (v.)

[1900s] (Aus.) to commit suicide.

pass out (v.)

1. [late 19C–1940s] to die.

2. [1900s] (Aus.) to disqualify.

3. [1900s–10s] (Aus.) to knock out.

4. [1920s+] to fall asleep, usu. as a result of drink or drugs.

pass the bone (v.)

[1990s+] (US campus) to share experience, to pass on information.

pass the compliment (v.)

[late 19C–1900s] to give a tip.

pass the pikes (v.) [SE turnpike, a toll gate; villains who had passed this barrier might presume themselves free of effective pursuit]

[mid-17C–18C] to be out of danger.

pass the sleep medicine (v.)

[1910s] (US) to knock out.