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- adv. In a passing manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Exceedingly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a surpassing degree; specially; exceedingly.
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Yeah, I am more than passingly familiar with all of that.
I learned that she had done passingly well at the business school and might even have graduated if she had wanted, but real work was not something she sought with any enthusiasm.
I feel Nintendo always has something interesting, however I'm only passingly, if not marginally curious, about Microsoft's presentation this year.
Winters: I was passingly familiar, and I will say that immersing myself in the weird tales in preparation to write this thing was one of the great pleasures the project afforded me.
I am, however, more than passingly familiar with campaign finance laws. 4 years as a fundraiser for a Congressman, and 2 1/2 years running an organization that focuses on campaign finance regulation.
But the editorial only passingly references the horrific impact the proposal would have on lower- and middle-income American families.
Consider a policy that is superficially, passingly unpopular, but eventually accomplishes aims that these same constituents regard as worthy, as in the above hypothetical.
Consider a policy that is superficially, passingly unpopular with a representatives constituents, but is passed anyway and eventually accomplishes aims that these same constituents regard as worthy.
In other words, it makes using a firearm more dangerous than it otherwise would be, proving once again that many law makers are not even passingly aware of the law of unintended consequences.
The climate is going to be what it's going to be, but I'm sure everyone comments, complains, or just passingly says what they wish the weather could or would be.