Get by - definition, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɡet baɪ|
Brit.  |ˈɡet baɪ|

verb

- succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available (syn: contend, cope, deal, grapple, make out, manage)
- pass or move in front of
- escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action (syn: escape, get away, get off, get out)

Examples

Your work will get by, but try to improve it.

Don't try to cheat on your income tax, you'll never get by with it.

You can't get by with being late every morning.

We'll get by somehow, don't worry.

I'll get by with a bicycle until we can afford a car.

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

It's a clever plan, but will it get by?

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