get by


Definition of get by 

intransitive verb

1 : to succeed with the least possible effort or accomplishment

2 : to make ends meet : survive

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

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Examples of get by in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of get by

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of get by was in 1841

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a state of commotion or excitement

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