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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for go-by
Historical Examples
  • Some people were to wait for me at Ledoyen's; but I shall give them the go-by.

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

    Strife (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
  • Ho, I was beginning to think you'd given me the go-by for to-night.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • I judge from these circumstances, that Covey deemed it best to give me the go-by.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • Dear, dear me, I thought to myself, how these babes and sucklings do give us the go-by surely.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • That sadness has nothing to do with this sadness, and I here give it the go-by.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • "Well, I'd just give him the go-by," he announced resolutely.

    The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories Margaret Collier Graham
  • 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!

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

    Fathers and Sons Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
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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