Definition of go-by in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɡəʊbʌɪ


(in phrase give someone the go-by) • informal
  • 1Avoid or snub someone: ministers from the former cabinet who were given the go-by have expressed resentment
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    • If we encourage our great firms now, they will carry out this work; but if not, some other Power will give us the go-by in submarines, as two or three have already done in airship design and use.
    • Gamblers, ranchers and shepherds came to see us, but the Mexicans gave us the go-by.
    • Nearing Pembina, the governor expectant, family and suite gave us the go-by… They arrived at the Hudson's Bay Co. post October 18th.
  • 1.1End a romantic relationship with someone: her young man’s given her the go-by
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    • Mary got a cold splash when the once ardent Barrymore gave her the go-by in favor of Dolores Costello, and this just as they were embarking upon Don Juan in 1926.

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