›to be able to live or deal with a situation by having very little of something you need, such as money: It was many years before she was in a financialposition to do anything beyond getting by.get by in/on/with sth She got by on what she made working at the deli.
Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014
by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them