- 1 Post By Raymott
bears more than a passing resemblance
I've seen the following sentence in a dictionary:
She bears more than a passing resemblance to your sister.
I'm really wondering what's its meaning, especially the phrase 'bears more than a passing resemblance'.
How to understand this phrase?
Thanks in advance.
Re: bears more than a passing resemblance
I can think of two possible derivations; the meaning is the same: She looks quite like your sister.
Originally Posted by enydia
1. "She resembles your sister more than would be required for a passing grade."
If there was a test to look like your sister, if someone resembled your sister enough to pass, they would have a "passing resemblance". If they looked even more like you sister than required to pass, they would "bear more than a passing resemblance to her".
2. "She looks more like your sister than one would judge from a mere passing glance".
PS: I've always thought of it in terms of 2., but now I think 1. is right.
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