noun(in phrase give someone the go-by) informal, dated
1Avoid or snub someone.
- 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.
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