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passing

noun
 
 
/ˈpɑːsɪŋ/
the passing of time/years the way that time passes: With the passing of time their love had changed.Spending time and time passing
in passing If you say something in passing, you talk about one thing briefly while talking mainly about something else: She mentioned in passing that she'd seen Stuart.Quoting and making references
Translations of “passing”
in Chinese (Traditional) 談話…
in Chinese (Simplified) 谈话…
(Definition of passing noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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