get by

got by; got by or gotten by; getting by; gets 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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“Get by.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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