get by

verb

Definition of get by

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

Examples of get by in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of get by

1841

get by Synonyms

Phrases

fend for oneself, make do, make ends meet, make shift;



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