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get by

phrasal verb with get
 
 
/ɡet/ verb ( present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got, 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: I don't know how he gets by on so little money.Coping and not copingDealing with things or peopleTolerating and enduring
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