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passer-by

noun [C] uk   /ˌpɑː.səˈbaɪ/ us    /ˌpæs.ɚ-/ ( plural passers-by)
someone who is going past a particular place, especially when something unusual happens: The gunmen opened fire, killing a policeman and a passer-by.
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