noun Informal.

a going by without notice; an intentional passing by; snub: to give one the go-by.

Origin of go-by

First recorded in 1605–15; noun use of verb phrase go by
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Examples from the Web for go-by

Historical Examples of go-by

  • Some people were to wait for me at Ledoyen's; but I shall give them the go-by.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • We engineers have stood by you; ye 're ready now, are ye, to give us the go-by?

  • Ho, I was beginning to think you'd given me the go-by for to-night.

    Sonnie-Boy's People

    James B. Connolly

  • I judge from these circumstances, that Covey deemed it best to give me the go-by.

    My Bondage and My Freedom

    Frederick Douglass

  • Dear, dear me, I thought to myself, how these babes and sucklings do give us the go-by surely.

British Dictionary definitions for go-by



slang a deliberate snub or slight (esp in the phrase give (a person) the go-by)
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