(plural hospital passes)
- (literally) A pass (for schools, military, etc.) exempting one from regular activities, to instead visit a hospital.
- (figuratively, idiomatic, rugby, Australian football) A poorly executed pass to a team-mate causing the receiver to present an easy target for a defender, and thus be tackled hard.
- (figuratively, idiomatic, Ultimate Frisbee) A throw that stays in the air long enough that it allows too many people to get underneath it, increasing the risk of injury and a trip to the hospital. Thus, a hospital pass.
- (figuratively, idiomatic, law) An unwinnable case, often passed to a newly-qualified member of the firm.