pass up

Meaning(s)

1. refrain from taking an opportunity

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Professional

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pass up the chance/opportunity/offer

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To pass up something means to refuse to take advantage of an offer or opportunity. If you pass up something you decline it.

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  1. Kate is not the sort of person to pass up any opportunity in life. She jumps at every chance she gets.
  2. I am trying to lose weight, so I'm going to pass up on the treats going around.
  3. This opportunity is too good to pass up.

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  1. Even though I had a busy schedule, I had to cancel everything when I heard that the American investors wanted to meet me today. This opportunity is too good to pass up!
  2. When I saw what the business was going for, I simply had to make a bid. There's no way I could have passed up an offer like that.

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