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go by sth

phrasal verb with go uk   /ɡəʊ/  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)


to ​follow something or be ​shown the way by something: I'm ​sorry, ​madam, but we have to go by the ​rules.


to ​base an ​opinion, ​decision, or ​judgment on something: What do you go by when you're ​deciding whether or not to ​employ someone? Going by what she said ​yesterday, I would say she's about to ​resign. If past ​experience is anything to go by, he'll ​completelyignoreoursuggestions and then ​change his ​mind at the last ​minute.
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