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noun Also by.
Sports. in a tournament, the preferential status of a player or team not paired with a competitor in an early round and thus automatically advanced to play in the next round:The top three seeded players received byes in the first round.
Golf. the holes of a stipulated course still unplayed after the match is finished.
Cricket. a run made on a ball not struck by the batsman.
something subsidiary, secondary, or out of the way.
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Idioms about bye
by the bye, by the way; incidentally: By the bye, how do you spell your name?Also by the by .
Origin of bye1
1710–20; variant spelling of by in its noun sense “side way”
Other definitions for bye (2 of 3)
[ bahy ]
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Other definitions for bye (3 of 3)
variant of by-: bye-election.
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British Dictionary definitions for bye (1 of 2)
/ (baɪ) /
sport the situation in which a player or team in an eliminatory contest wins a preliminary round by virtue of having no opponent
golf one or more holes of a stipulated course that are left unplayed after the match has been decided
cricket a run scored off a ball not struck by the batsman: allotted to the team as an extra and not to the individual batsmanSee also leg bye
something incidental or secondary
by the bye incidentally; by the way: used as a sentence connector
Word Origin for bye
C16: a variant of by
British Dictionary definitions for bye (2 of 2)
British informal goodbye
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