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go by sth

verb uk phrasal verb with go   /ɡəʊ/ us    /ɡoʊ/ (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)

(FOLLOW)

to follow something or be shown the way by something: I'm sorry, madam, but we have to go by the rules.

(BASE)

to base an opinion, decision, or judgment on something: What do you go by when you're deciding whether or not to employ someone? Going by what she said yesterday, I would say she's about to resign. If past experience is anything to go by, he'll completely ignore our suggestions and then change his mind at the last minute.
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