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or passer-by

[pas-er-bahy, -bahy, pah-ser-] /ˈpæs ərˈbaɪ, -ˌbaɪ, ˈpɑ sər-/
noun, plural passersby
[pas-erz-bahy, -bahy, pah-serz-] /ˈpæs ərzˈbaɪ, -ˌbaɪ, ˈpɑ sərz-/ (Show IPA)
a person passing by.
Origin of passerby
1560-70; pass by + -er1, with postposing of the particle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She is pleased when a passerby stops to admire, and especially so if it be a young miss.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • You stop the first passerby, and you say I want to find such and such a street.

    Natural Wonders Edwin Tenney Brewster
  • A passerby appears down the path, and she hastily withdraws her hand.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • He was told by a passerby that it was the home of a club waiter.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • He walked into their shelter until he was out of any passerby's range of vision.

    The Mighty Dead William Campbell Gault

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