Meaning of “go by” in the English Dictionary

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"go by" in British English

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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 train station in days gone by.

More examples

  • As the cars went by, we cheered them on.
  • As time goes by, it becomes easier to forgive and forget.
  • She caught a glimpse of John as the runners were going by.
  • I can't just let that remark go by without comment.
  • Could you buy a paper for me if you go by a newsagents?

(Definition of “go by” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)