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adjective [only before noun] passing pronunciation in American English /ˈpæsɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    moving past
    He was found by a passing motorist.
    Bridget grabbed a glass of champagne from a passing waiter.
  2. 2
    lasting only a short time, and usually not very important or serious
    a passing craze/fashion
    It wasn’t really a romance, just a passing flirtation.
  3. 3
    She bore a passing resemblance to the missing woman.
  4. 4
    not thorough or detailed
    a passing knowledge of French


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