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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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  • The boat excited the jeers of passersby, who called it "Fulton's Folly."

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • Out of the crowd of passersby I pick the perfect and unconscious rosebud.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • He was so impassioned that passersby began to observe them curiously.

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  • In addition, the passersby observed us with the utmost astonishment.

    My Recollections Jules Massenet
  • There was no hope of drawing the attention of passersby to his situation.

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