get by Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"get by" in British English

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get by

phrasal verb with get uk   us   /ɡet/ verb (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US usually gotten)
to be ​able to ​live or ​deal with a ​situation with ​difficulty, usually by having just enough of something you need, such as ​money: How can he get by on so little ​money? We can get by with four ​computers at the ​moment, but we'll need a ​couple more when the new ​staffarrive.
(Definition of get by from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"get by" in American English

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get by

phrasal verb with get  us   /ɡet/ verb (present participle getting, past participle gotten  /ˈɡɑt·ən/ or got  /ɡɑt/ )
to ​manage or ​continue to ​exist in a ​state or ​situation where something is ​lacking: When we were ​students we got by on very little ​money. There is ​tremendouspressure on ​familiestrying to get by without ​healthinsurance.
(Definition of get by from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"get by" in Business English

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get by

phrasal verb with get uk   us   /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 ​financialposition to do anything beyond getting by.get by in/on/with sth She got by on what she made ​working at the deli.
(Definition of get by from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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