get by
intransitive verb Date: 1841 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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  • get by — {v.}, {informal} 1. To be able to go past; pass. * /The cars moved to the curb so that the fire engine could get by./ 2. To satisfy the need or demand. * /Mary can get by with her old coat this winter./ * /The janitor does just enough work to get …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get by — {v.}, {informal} 1. To be able to go past; pass. * /The cars moved to the curb so that the fire engine could get by./ 2. To satisfy the need or demand. * /Mary can get by with her old coat this winter./ * /The janitor does just enough work to get …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get by — verb To subsist; to succeed, survive, or manage, at least at a minimal level. Do you think they can get by on only one salary? Syn: get along, make do …   Wiktionary

  • get by the balls — verb To have complete control over someone, especially of a woman abusing a mans infatuation with her. Too bad shes got you by the balls. Syn: have by the short and curlies …   Wiktionary

  • To get by heart — Get Get (g[e^]t), v. t. [imp. {Got} (g[o^]t) (Obs. {Gat} (g[a^]t)); p. p. {Got} (Obsolescent {Gotten} (g[o^]t t n)); p. pr. & vb. n. {Getting}.] [OE. geten, AS. gitan, gietan (in comp.); akin to Icel. geta, Goth. bigitan to find, L. prehendere to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • You're All I Need to Get By — Infobox Single Name = You re All I Need to Get By Artist = Marvin Gaye Tammi Terrell from Album = You re All I Need Released = July 9, 1968 Format = 7 single B side = Two Can Have a Party Recorded = Hitsville USA, Detroit, Michigan; 1967 Genre =… …   Wikipedia

  • I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By — Infobox Single Name = I ll Be There for You/You re All I Need to Get By Artist = Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige from Album = Tical Released = May 2, 1995 Format = 12 single, CD5 Recorded = Genre = Hip hop Length = 5:09 Label = Def Jam Writer …   Wikipedia

  • I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You) — is a popular song with music by Fred E. Ahlert and lyrics by Roy Turk. It was published in 1928. The song was revived to even greater success in 1944, when the 1940 recording by Harry James (Dick Haymes vocal) was re released (Billboard #1). The… …   Wikipedia

  • We'll Get By — infobox television show name = We ll Get By format = Sitcom runtime = approx. 23:00 (per episode) creator = Alan Alda starring = Paul Sorvino Mitzi Hoag Willie Aames Jerry Hauser Devon Scott country = USA network = CBS first aired = March 14,… …   Wikipedia

  • Get — (g[e^]t), v. t. [imp. {Got} (g[o^]t) (Obs. {Gat} (g[a^]t)); p. p. {Got} (Obsolescent {Gotten} (g[o^]t t n)); p. pr. & vb. n. {Getting}.] [OE. geten, AS. gitan, gietan (in comp.); akin to Icel. geta, Goth. bigitan to find, L. prehendere to seize,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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