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go by

phrasal verb with go
 
 
/ɡəʊ/ verb [I] ( present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
TIME B2 If time goes by, it passes: The days went by really slowly.Spending time and time passing
MOVE PAST to move past: A green sports car went by.General words for movement
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