Origin of by-and-by
Definition for by and by (2 of 2)
- (in bridge and other bidding card games) a declaration that the speaker is passing.
- (in poker) a declaration that the speaker is checking: Is my pair of tens still high? By me.
adjective Also bye.
noun, plural byes.
Origin of by1
British Dictionary definitions for by and by (1 of 3)
by and by
British Dictionary definitions for by and by (2 of 3)
noun plural byes
Word Origin for by
British Dictionary definitions for by and by (3 of 3)
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Idioms and Phrases with by and by
by and by
After a while, soon, as in She'll be along by and by. The expression probably relies on the meaning of by as a succession of quantities (as in “two by two”). This adverbial phrase came to be used as a noun, denoting either procrastination or the future. William Camden so used it for the former (Remains, 1605): “Two anons and a by and by is an hour and a half.” And W.S. Gilbert used it in the latter sense when Lady Jane sings plaintively that little will be left of her “in the coming by and by,” that is, as she grows old (Patience, 1881). [Early 1500s]