noun, plural (especially collectively) go·by, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) go·bies.
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Example sentences from the Web for goby
Sticklebacks, gobies, grey mullets, blennies are among the best-known examples.
One strange thing about the Gobies is their trick of anchoring themselves to a stone.Within the Deep|R. Cadwallader Smith
This may exist in the breeding season only, as in the fresh-water lampreys, or it may persist through life as in some gobies.
Mackerels of various genera abound, as well as gobies, blenniesm and mullets.
Into the gill-cavity of these forms small fishes, blennies, gobies, and pearl-fishes often retreat for protection.
British Dictionary definitions for goby (1 of 3)
noun plural -by or -bies
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Idioms and Phrases with goby
Elapse, pass, as in the popular song, “As Time Goes By” (by Herman Hupfeld, 1931), or He just went by our house. [c. 1600]
Ignore, fail to notice or take advantage of, as in You shouldn't let this opportunity go by. [Early 1500s] For the related go by the board, see by the board.
Rely on, believe, as in I'm going by the numbers on this list, or We'll have to go by what she tells us.
go by the name of. Be known by or use a specific name. For example, She continued to go by her maiden name, Mary Smith. [Late 1500s]