Word of the Day: to Get By

When you get by, you are able to do something even if it’s difficult or you have few resources. Get by is often used to talk about limited finances:

“It’s hard to get by when there’s not a lot of money coming in.”

“The local people get by selling home-made food to tourists.”

Get by can also be used when you don’t speak a language that well, but manage to communicate anyway:

“My Spanish pronunciation is terrible, but I get by when I go to Spain by using lots of gestures.”

“I really don’t know how he gets by in Chinese, he must have learned a few words on his travels.”

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