Josh Taylor, weekend host of @937TheFan, a sports show in Pittsburgh, uttered this gem when discussing an opportunity that he didn’t think he had time for. It is a blend of “pass it up” (skip or ignore) and “turn it down” (to reject something). The directions “up” and “down” in the idioms no doubt caused the confusion. I have a hard time knowing what’s up and what’s down these days myself. A big thanks to John Kooser who spotted this one!
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