get by

verb
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 Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/get%20by. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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