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English definition of “passing”

passing

noun (CONVERSATION)    /ˈpɑː.sɪŋ/ US  /ˈpæs.ɪŋ/
in passing If something is said in passing, it is said while talking about something else and is not the main subject of a conversation : When asked if he had told the police about the incident , Mr Banks said he had mentioned it in passing to a detective .Quoting and making references
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