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en passant

adverb uk   /ˌɒ̃ˈpæs.ɒ̃/ us    /ˌɑ̃ː.pæˈsɑ̃ː/ formal
French for 'in passing': if you say something en passant, you mention it quickly while talking about something else: She mentioned, en passant, that she'd been in L.A. the previous week.
Translations of “en passant”
in Chinese (Traditional) 順便提到…
in Chinese (Simplified) 顺便提到…
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