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later than a particular time
It's ten past nine.
I should be finished by half past
30 minutes after the hour
It was past midnight when the party ended.
Come on Annie, it's
further than a particular place
The hospital's just up this road, about a mile past the school.
There are parking spaces over there,
a little further than
up to and beyond a person or place, without stopping
She waved as she drove past.
Will you be going past my house on your way home?
used to emphasize that someone passes close to you and does not stop
Monica hurried straight past me and down the steps.
if a period of time goes past, it passes
Weeks went past without any news.
The hours seemed to fly past.
beyond or no longer at a particular point or stage
The roses were already past their best.
Reid never really got past the stage of copying other artists.
a pot of yoghurt
its sell-by date
an Italian singer who was then past her prime
no longer strong and active
I'm past caring about my appearance
I do not care about it any more
I wouldn't put it past somebody (to do something)
used to say that you would not be surprised if someone did something bad or unusual because it is typical of them to do that type of thing
I wouldn't put it past Colin to cheat.
too old to be able to do what you used to do, or too old to be useful
People seem to think that just because I'm retired, I'm past it.
be past due
something that is past due has not been paid or done by the time it should have been
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