get by

[get by] {v.}, {informal} 1. To be able to go past; pass.

Thecars moved to the curb so that the fire engine could get by.

2. Tosatisfy the need or demand.

Mary can get by with her old coat thiswinter.

The janitor does just enough work to get by.

Syn.: GETALONG(4). 3. Not to be caught and scolded or punished.

The soldierthought he could get by with his dirty rifle.

The boy got bywithout answering the teacher's question because a visitor came in.