Craig called up the gang and sadly informed them that he would not be joining them at the race-track this coming Saturday. He couldn't get the hall pass, not even for a few hours.
This colloquial phrase did NOT imply any romantic or sexual encounters. It pre-dated the 2010 comedy film ("Hall Pass") by several decades. This definition relates to adults. This phrase is commonly used by people who attended US schools in the 1960's - 80's.
SYN: see "Permission Slip" and "Kitchen Pass"