pass out

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 a ceremony at the end of 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.
    • 2022 July 13, “Stop & Examine”, in RAIL, number 961, page 71:
      "She had asked at Paddington for a return to Lympstone on the Exmouth branch, where her son was due to pass out as a Royal Marine that afternoon, at the local training camp.
      "Presumably, the booking clerk had misheard her and sold her a ticket to Leominster, and other helpful staff had unwittingly helped her on her way.
  4. (by extension) To become proficient in a particular job or task.
    • 2018, Rail, issue 857, July 18-July 31, article on Severn Bridge Junction signal box at Shrewsbury:
      "It took me about a month to pass out on this box," he adds. "It's easy to be daunted by all the levers and bell codes and Absolute Block, but it's all the usual rules of anywhere else. You can't just come up here from the street though, and I thought I'd never be able to work this SB [signal box], but you just get on with it until it becomes second nature."
  5. (India) To graduate from university.
  6. (bridge, transitive) To end (a round) by having passes as the first four bids.
  7. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see pass,‎ out.
    • 1882, James Jackson, Tom Terror, the Outlaw:
      “You speak of terms,” she said. “These are mine. Stand aside and let me pass.” [] “So you accede to my terms?” she said. “I am to pass out?”