go by

[go by] {v.} 1. To go or move past; pass.

Bob had to go by thepost office on his way to school, so he mailed the letter.

2. Tofollow; copy; obey.

Mother goes by a pattern when she makes adress.

You will find Main Street without trouble if you go byFather's directions.

If you ride a bicycle, you must go by therules of the road.

3. To be known by; be called.

Many actors donot go by their real names.

Fred goes by the nickname of Chubby.

4. To pass; be over; end.

Time goes by quickly on vacation.

Thehorse and buggy days have gone by.

The flowers have all gone by.What will I do for a bouquet?

5. To stop for a short visit; go tosomeone's house for a short while.

"Have you seen Bill lately?""Yes, I went by his house last week."

Compare: STOP BY.