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A.) Poor. Surviving but with difficulty.“Since he lost his job I don’t know how he gets by.” (Compare to Broke or Makes do.)

B.) Bypassing standard rules or regulations to achieve a goal. (Compare to Bend the rules, Push the Envelope or Cross the line.) “I don’t know how the thief got by our alarm system.”

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