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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. 2017.
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  • Frank could see that the door was ajar, as though inviting the passerby to enter without the formality of knocking.

  • She is pleased when a passerby stops to admire, and especially so if it be a young miss.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • This signifies to the passerby that it is a house of mourning so that the bell will not be rung unnecessarily nor long.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • A passerby appears down the path, and she hastily withdraws her hand.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • He speaks of himself, full of a need of making himself known, of introducing the passerby into his little universe.

    Very Woman Remy de Gourmont

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