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[goh-bahy] /ˈgoʊˌbaɪ/
noun, Informal.
a going by without notice; an intentional passing by; snub:
to give one the go-by.
Origin of go-by
First recorded in 1605-15; noun use of verb phrase go by Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Give the moon, the stars, the silent streets the go-by for once.

    The Intriguers William Le Queux
  • That sadness has nothing to do with this sadness, and I here give it the go-by.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Several self-respecting burglars of my acquaintance would give your house the go-by as being too easy.

  • We engineers have stood by you; ye 're ready now, are ye, to give us the go-by?

    Strife (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
  • If night comes on before we are up to her, she may give us the go-by after all.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
  • I won't tell on you—though I had it in my heart when you gave me the go-by just now!

  • “Perhaps we had better give politics the go-by and join the ladies,” said his lordship, rising and moving towards the parlor.

  • The day after to-morrow, therefore, let us give the whole thing the go-by.

    Fathers and Sons Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  • I've given the old set the go-by—I'm trying to live up to your standard.

  • To avert this catastrophe, Winnie determined to give the go-by to coy modesty.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for go-by


(slang) a deliberate snub or slight (esp in the phrase give (a person) the go-by)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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