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go by

phrasal verb with go uk   /ɡəʊ/  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
B2 to ​move past, in ​space or ​time: You can ​watch the ​trains going by from this ​window. You can't ​let an ​opportunity like that go by - it's too good to ​miss. Hardly a ​day goes by when I don't ​think about her.in days gone by in the past: The ​house was a ​trainstation in ​days gone by.

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