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get by

This page is about the phrasal verb get by.

Meaning: to have just enough of something, like money, knowledge or skills, to do what you want to do

Synonym: manage

For example:

  • get by Workers getting the minimum wage earn just enough to get by, but I doubt if they could save anything.

  • get by My French isn't great, but it's good enough to get by when I'm travelling in France.

Quick Quiz:

Ashraf just gets by on the money he makes, so

a. he's getting rich quickly

b. he can't save much

c. he's saving a lot

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Contributor: Matt Errey