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Definitions and Synonyms of get by | Another word for get by | What is get by?

Definition 1: escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action - [verb of communication]

Samples where get by or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She gets away with murder!
  • I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities

Synonyms for get by in the sense of this definition

(get by is a kind of ...) stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

"Her former friends now avoid her"

(... is a kind of get by ) use cunning or deceit to escape or avoid

"The con man always evades"

Definition 2: pass or move in front of - [verb of motion]

Samples where get by or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Bride's Biscuit got by the other dogs to win the race

(get by is a kind of ...) travel past

"The sports car passed all the trucks"

Samples where get by or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We got by on just a gallon of gas
  • They made do on half a loaf of bread every day

Synonyms for get by in the sense of this definition

(get by is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of get by ) manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand

"after the hurricane destroyed our house, we had to improvise for weeks"

(... is a kind of get by ) try to manage without help

"The youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died"

(... is a kind of get by ) be able to manage or manage successfully

"I can't hack it anymore" "she could not cut the long days in the office"

(... is a kind of get by ) manage one's existence barely

"I guess I can squeeze by on this lousy salary"

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