Get by

1. survive, financially, in a different situation

It’s going to be hard to pay the rent now that you’ve lost your job, but somehow we’ll get by.

Competiton is our means of getting by.

We will get by if we economize.

2. managed to succeed, or get along, also barely succeed.

He’s getting by even though he only works half-time.

If he applied himself, Paul could be getting A’s, but instead he is just getting by.

Just got by in college.

3. move fast.

There isn’t room for this car to get by.

4. be unnoticed; also get approval or pass inspection.

I wonder if these errors will get by the proofreader.

He hoped the paint job would get by.

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