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Phrasal Verbs

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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