Moving near or past a person or thing or in time.
|pass by||He gave me a strange look and passed by without speaking.|
|fly by||This year flew by so fast.|
|go by||The bike nearly hit me as it went by.|
|slip by||This is an opportunity that should not be allowed to slip by.|
|stand by||I was standing by the window, looking at the city.|
|whizz by||A police car whizzed by.|
Visit somebody casually and for a short time.
|come by||Finally, they came by but I was in class so they left a note.|
|drop by||She dropped by for a cup of coffee.|
|go by||We went by his house to see if he had returned.|
|stop by||She stopped by to say hello.|
|swing by||We wanted to drive to Grand Junction, maybe swinging by to see Jack on the way there.|
Act according to rules or directions or support sb or what they say.
|abide by||Entrants to the competition agree to abide by the rules.|
|go by||You can't go by what other people say.|
|live by||I guess he is living by his own rules.|
|stand by||If she loves him enough surely she will stand by him.|
|stick by||He stuck by his decision.|
|swear by||You should try that cream. My mum swears by it.|
Getting ready for something.
|stand by||Troops were standing by to disarm the rebels.|
|put by||I put a little by each week so I could pay for it.|
|sit by||There is so much suffering around us and yet the majority of us sit by and do nothing.|