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English verb: get by

1. get by (social) come to terms with


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


Synonymscontend, cope, deal, grapple, make do, make out, manage


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)act, move


Narrower (hyponym)cope with, cut, extemporize, fend, hack, improvise, match, meet, rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by

2. get by (motion) pass or move in front of


SamplesBride's Biscuit got by the other dogs to win the race.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)overhaul, overtake, pass

3. get by (communication) escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action


SamplesShe gets away with murder!.
I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities.


Synonymsescape, get away, get off, get out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)avoid


Narrower (hyponym)evade









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