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Definition of "get by" [get by]

  • To subsist; to succeed, survive, or manage, at least at a minimal level. (verb)

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Use "get by" in a sentence
  • "During the day I am an acne-ridden freshman struggling to get by at a hippie prep school."
  • "On a Constellation-class ship, he could get by with a smaller crew and fewer amenities, which would leave him space to convert crew quarters to laboratories."
  • "Cliff had never lived anywhere but Pineridge; he had no idea how to get by in the outside world."