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passing strange

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  • "Strange that I should choose you for the confidant of all this, young lady; passing strange that you should listen to me quietly, as if it were the most usual thing in the world for a man like me to tell stories of his opera-mistresses to a quaint, inexperienced girl like you!

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • English law, and in Elizabeth's reign the great Shane O'Neill pointed out with bitter irony that if his Irish laws were so barbarous as the queen's ministers alleged, it was passing strange that three hundred families had migrated from the English pale and the beneficent operations of English law to take refuge in his dominions.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • It certainly is passing strange to find critics referring to this solemn and sacred rite which God ordained as a "taboo" -- "the taboo of the household required the circumcision" of the purchased slave child

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • It is passing strange that the white man, who has conquered rattlesnakes, Indians, small-pox, and various kinds of "varmints," should run and hide from the mosquito.

    Janey Canuck in the West

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  • We had a discussion on passing.

    December 16, 2009

  • I think 'passing' might be some shortened form of 'surpassingly'...?

    December 16, 2009

  • Can anyone find a definition for this? I read it as "more than (passing) strange", which is to me a nice turn of phrase.

    December 15, 2009