pass for



pass for (third-person singular simple present passes for, present participle passing for, simple past and past participle passed for)

  1. (transitive) To be mistakenly seen as something that one is not
    • 2006, The New Yorker[1]:
      When I visited the offices in March, the walls were bare, the furniture battered. With the addition of a dead plant, the suite could pass for a graduate-student lounge.
  2. (transitive) To be sufficient, especially minimally so, for a specified purpose.