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Definition of get by phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

get by

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

get by (on/in/with something)

 
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to manage to live or do a particular thing using the money, knowledge, equipment, etc. that you have How does she get by on such a small salary? I can just about get by in German (= I can speak basic German).
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: get by