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English definition of “get by”

get by

phrasal verb with get     /ɡet/ verb (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US 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 staff arrive.Coping and not copingDealing with things or peopleTolerating and enduring
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