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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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get by Synonyms

Phrases

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



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