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passman (plural passmen)

  1. (Britain) One who passes a university degree, but without honours.
    • 1891 March 15, Oscar Wilde, “The Soul of Man under Socialism”, in Oscar Wilde; William Morris; W[illiam] C[harles] Owen, The Soul of Man under Socialism, The Socialist Ideal—Art and The Coming Solidarity (The Humboldt Library of Science; no. 147), New York, N.Y.: The Humboldt Publishing Company, 28 Lafayette Place, OCLC 3682313, pages 14–15:
      As one reads history—not in the expurgated editions written for schoolboys and passmen, but in the original authorities of each time—one is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; []

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for passman in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)