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English definition of “pass sth/sb off as sth/sb”

pass sth/sb off as sth/sb

phrasal verb with pass     /pɑːs/ US  /pæs/ verb
to pretend that something or someone is a particular thing or person when they are not: The dealer was trying to pass off fakes as valuable antiques. It's hard to believe anyone would try to pass this nonsense off as literature.Fraud and corruptionFaking and pretending
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