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pass over

Meaning: If someone is passed over, they aren't given the promotion they were expecting, and the position is given to someone else instead.

For example:

  • pass over This is the second time Indira has been passed over for promotion to section manager.

  • pass sb over I'm sorry you didn't get the promotion this time, but you'll get it next time. They can't pass you over again.

Quick Quiz:

Helen says if she's passed over again when promotions are announced, she'll
  1. thank her manager
  2. quit her job
  3. celebrate with her colleagues

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