pass off as

This page is about the phrasal verb pass off as.

Meaning: to make someone believe that a copy or a replica is the real thing

Synonym: palm off as

For example:

  • pass sth off as sth We had no trouble passing the counterfeit banknotes off as real money.

  • pass sb off as sb He put on a white coat and tried to pass himself off as a doctor.

Quick Quiz:

The woman tried to pass the handbag off as a genuine Versace bag, but I knew that it

a. was real

b. was fake

c. was expensive

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Contributor: Matt Errey