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    #1

    to give a pass

    Can't find the meaning of this idiom. The context is:

    "Similarly obscured, ill-advised government regulation has been essentially given a pass in the current downturn by a Fourth Estate fixated on individual consumption".

    To tell the truth all this proposition is rather "obscured" to me.
    Thank you for helping me.

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    Re: to give a pass

    Hi meliss,

    "Similarly obscured, ill-advised government regulation has been essentially given a pass in the current downturn by a Fourth Estate fixated on individual consumption".

    The Fourth-Estate is the media, the members of the press.
    If you are given a pass, you aren't challenged on something that maybe you should have been.

    So it means the media hasn't paid much attention to (or brought any emphasis to) this "ill-advised government regulation" because they are looking at how individual consumers (the general public) are behaving.

    I hope that's enough to make it clear in context. I'm not sure what regulations it refers to.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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