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] manage, survive contrive, cope, do, do well enough, exist, fare, flourish, get along, get on, make ends meet*, make out, muddle through*, prosper, shift, subsist, succeed, thrive; concept 117 …   New thesaurus

  • get by — ► get by manage with difficulty to live or accomplish something. Main Entry: ↑get …   English terms dictionary

  • get by — index pass (satisfy requirements) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • get by — verb 1. come to terms with (Freq. 3) We got by on just a gallon of gas They made do on half a loaf of bread every day • Syn: ↑cope, ↑make out, ↑make do, ↑contend, ↑grapple, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • get by — v. 1) (D; intr.) ( to manage ) to get by on (to get by on very little) 2) (D; intr.) ( to manage ) to get by with (we ll have to get by with one car) * * * [ get baɪ] (D; intr.) ( to manage ) to get by on (to get by on very little) (D; intr.) (… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • get by — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms get by : present tense I/you/we/they get by he/she/it gets by present participle getting by past tense got by past participle got by to have just enough of something such as money or knowledge so that you… …   English dictionary

  • 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 — 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 by. Syn.: get… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • get by — UK US get by Phrasal Verb with get({{}}/get/ verb ( tt , got, got, or US gotten) ► to be able to live or deal with a situation by having very little of something you need, such as money: »It was many years before she was in a financial position… …   Financial and business terms

  • get by — Synonyms and related words: accomplish, achieve, answer, avail, be equal to, be missed, be so, be such, bear, bring off, bring through, carry off, clear, clear the hurdle, come along, come on, come out, come through, compass, contrive, cop a plea …   Moby Thesaurus

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