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get by

phrasal verb with get uk   /ɡet/  us   /ɡet/ verb (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US usually gotten)
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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 tremendous pressure on families trying to get by without health insurance.
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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 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.
(Definition of get by from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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