1. phrasal verb [usu passive] If someone is passed over for a job or position, they do not get the job or position and someone younger or less experienced is chosen instead. [be V-ed P + for] ⇒ She claimed she was repeatedly passed over for promotion. [be V-ed P] ⇒ They've been rejected, disappointed, ignored, passed over. 2. phrasal verb → pass If you pass over a topic in a conversation or speech, you do not talk about it. [V P n] ⇒ He largely passed over the government's record. [be V-ed P] ⇒ They seem to think her crimes should be passed over in silence.
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