a pretty pass
An unfortunate condition; a critical state.
While the boss was away, things at the company had come to a pretty pass.
bring to pass
To make (something) happen; succeed in causing.
By much planning, the mother brought the marriage to pass.
The change in the law was slow in coming, and it took a disaster to bring it to pass.
A person who passes the buck.
Mr. Jones was a buck-passer even at home, and tried to make his wife make all the decisions.
Passing the buck.
Buck-passing clerks in stores make customers angry.
come to pass
To happen; occur.
Strange things come to pass in troubled times.
It came to pass that the jailer visited him by night.
His hopes of success did not come to pass.
cross one's mind
pass through one's mind
To be a sudden or passing thought; be thought of by someone; come to your mind; occur to you.
At first Bob was puzzled by Virginia's waving, but then it crossed his mind that she was trying to tell him something.
When Jane did not come home by midnight, many terrible fears passed through Mother's mind.
go by the board
pass by the board
To go away or disappear forever, be forgotten or not used.
Tom had several chances to go to college, but he let them go by the board.
Grandfather said he was too old to go to the beach. "Those days have passed by the board," he said.
While talking about that subject; as extra information; also.
Our teacher showed us different kinds of flowers and told us in passing that those flowers came from her garden.
The writer of the story says he grew up in New York and mentions in passing that his parents came from Italy.