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get by

verb

Definition of get by

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to succeed with the least possible effort or accomplishment

  3. 2 :  to make ends meet :  survive

  4. 3 :  to proceed without being discovered, criticized, or punished



Examples of get by in a sentence

  1. <working at night paid my college tuition and enabled me to get by—but just barely>



1841

First Known Use of get by

1841



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