by the by
Bye Bye (b[imac]), n. 1. A thing not directly aimed at; something which is a secondary object of regard; an object by the way, etc.; as in on or upon the bye, i. e., in passing; indirectly; by implication. [Obs. except in the phrase by the bye.] [1913 Webster]

The Synod of Dort condemneth upon the bye even the discipline of the Church of England. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

2. (Cricket) A run made upon a missed ball; as, to steal a bye. --T. Hughes. [1913 Webster]

3. In various sports in which the contestants are drawn in pairs, the position or turn of one left with no opponent in consequence of an odd number being engaged; as, to draw a bye in a round of a tennis tournament. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. (Golf) The hole or holes of a stipulated course remaining unplayed at the end of a match. [1913 Webster]

{By the bye}, in passing; by way of digression; apropos to the matter in hand. [Written also {by the by}.] [1913 Webster]


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  • by the by — or by the bye phrasal incidentally 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • by and by — {adv.} After a while; at some time in the future; later. * /Roger said he would do his homework by and by./ * /The mother knew her baby would be a man by and by and do a man s work./ Syn.: AFTER A WHILE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by and by — {adv.} After a while; at some time in the future; later. * /Roger said he would do his homework by and by./ * /The mother knew her baby would be a man by and by and do a man s work./ Syn.: AFTER A WHILE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • By and by — By By (b[imac]), prep. [OE. bi, AS. b[=i], big, near to, by, of, from, after, according to; akin to OS. & OFries. bi, be, D. bij, OHG. b[=i], G. bei, Goth. bi, and perh. Gr. amfi . E. prefix be is orig. the same word. [root]203. See pref. {Be }.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • by the way — also[by the bye] {adv. phr.} Just as some added fact or news; as something else that I think of. Used to introduce something related to the general subject, or brought to mind by it. * /We shall expect you; by the way, dinner will be at eight./ * …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by the way — also[by the bye] {adv. phr.} Just as some added fact or news; as something else that I think of. Used to introduce something related to the general subject, or brought to mind by it. * /We shall expect you; by the way, dinner will be at eight./ * …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • By the bye — Bye Bye (b[imac]), n. 1. A thing not directly aimed at; something which is a secondary object of regard; an object by the way, etc.; as in on or upon the bye, i. e., in passing; indirectly; by implication. [Obs. except in the phrase by the bye.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • by the bye — phrasal see by the by …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • By the bye — By By (b[imac]), prep. [OE. bi, AS. b[=i], big, near to, by, of, from, after, according to; akin to OS. & OFries. bi, be, D. bij, OHG. b[=i], G. bei, Goth. bi, and perh. Gr. amfi . E. prefix be is orig. the same word. [root]203. See pref. {Be }.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • By the head — By By (b[imac]), prep. [OE. bi, AS. b[=i], big, near to, by, of, from, after, according to; akin to OS. & OFries. bi, be, D. bij, OHG. b[=i], G. bei, Goth. bi, and perh. Gr. amfi . E. prefix be is orig. the same word. [root]203. See pref. {Be }.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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