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See also: passout and pass-out




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

  1. (intransitive) To faint; to become unconscious
    I pass out at the sight of blood.
    I passed out on the train after drinking a bottle of vodka.
  2. (transitive) To distribute, to hand out
    We'll pass out copies of the agenda.
  3. (of soldiers, police, fire-fighters, etc.) To graduate, usually marked by the ceremony at the end of their training.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 113:
      He wasn't allowed to finish his training to go to France; but was sent to England on a Physical Training Course and passed out First Class.
  4. (bridge, transitive) To end (a round) by having passes as the first four bids.