Meaning of “pass sth off as sth” in the English Dictionary

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"pass sth off as sth" in British English

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pass sth off as sth

phrasal verb with pass uk /pɑːs/ us /pæs/ verb

to pretend that something is a particular thing when it is not:

It's hard to believe anyone would try to pass this nonsense off as literature.

(Definition of “pass sth off as sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)