The following text is from the Black Sabbath song "Ironman":

I am iron man
Has he lost his mind?
Can he see or is he blind?
Can he walk at all,
Or if he moves will he fall?
Is he alive or dead?
Has he thoughts within his head?
We'll just pass him there
Why should we even care?

What does "We'll just pass him there" mean? Is it slang or not?

It certainly sounds like it.

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    What do you mean by "slug"? Not the mollusks that destroy my lettuce, probably? But on a more serious note: please elaborate in your question, we need context. Where did you find the quote? Also, it's actually a good idea to put the question in the text, not only in the heading.
    – Stephie
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 20:09
  • hahaha! Sorry about that, I meant slang. I also made the addition that you suggested.
    – Fokos
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 20:18
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    It could mean many things. What is the context— who is passing and who is being passed? Which meaning of pass is intended, and is it physical or metaphorical/conceptual? Where is "there"?
    – choster
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 20:21
  • Well its part of some lyrics, thus the context is not very specific.
    – Fokos
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 20:22
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    I'm going to vote to leave it open, as I interpret the question to be not just about the meaning (which is opinion based), but whether "We'll just pass him there" is standard English or slang. The extra context does help, although the source of the question being song lyrics will cause some folks to vote to close the question. It's tricky to talk about the meaning of lyrics without it becoming a discussion of opinions, but I think there is something to be said based just on the grammar here.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 22:31

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In the context of the song, it appears to mean, "We'll just walk past him as he stands there."

  • Would you consider it slang or a poetic usage? I would probably say "We'll just pass him by - why should we care?".
    – ColleenV
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 22:50
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    I'd call it 'what the heck am I going to get to rhyme with care?' ;) Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 4:44
  • I'd consider it poetic, not slang, personally.
    – A.Beth
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 4:52

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