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get by

phrasal verb with get
 
 
/ɡet/ verb (-tt-, got, got, or US gotten)
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 financial position to do anything beyond getting by.get by in/on/with sth She got by on what she made working at the deli.
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