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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    Red face Get By - what is it?

    Hello everyone, my name is Boris. I'm new user here and I have a question .
    Sometimes I can hear a phrasal verb "get by", my translator ABBYY lingvo can translate it, but I think it's a incorrect, because it says "get by" = "admissible". Someone can help me with it?)

    Besides I study spanish a lot of time and have a good level in it. If someone who know english wanna study spanish I could help) Sorry for my bad eng.

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    Re: Get By - what is it?

    To get by means to avoid or evade an obstacle. The prisoners got by the guard when his attention was distracted by a fight in the yard.

    It can also mean to survive or make ends meet. After he lost his job, his family had to get by on their meagre savings.

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    Re: Get By - what is it?

    Oh, thank you for reply. I think in my context I should use it like a "survive".

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    #4

    Re: Get By - what is it?

    Whenever I read the phrase "get by" I have to think of the beatles song from Sgt Peppers

    "Oh I get by with a little help from my friends,
    Mmm,I get high with a little help from my friends,
    Mmm, I'm gonna try with a little help from my friends."

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