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pass up Informal

Meaning: If you pass up an opportunity or an invitation, you choose not to take the opportunity or accept the invitation.

Synonym: turn down, decline

For example:

  • pass up sth Bill passed up the opportunity to study music in a top university. He formed his own band instead.

  • pass sth up I had to pass the invitation up as I already had an appointment at that time.

Nouns often used as objects with
pass up: invitation, chance, opportunity, window of opportunity, shot (at doing something)

Quick Quiz:

Julian passed up the chance to study at Oxford University because he
  1. wasn't clever enough
  2. wanted to study at Cambridge
  3. failed the entrance exam

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