Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

pass up

pass up
Meaning(s)
1) refrain from taking an opportunity
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • pass up the chance/opportunity/offer
  • Analysis

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

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    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.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    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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