Definition of by deputy in US English:

by deputy

phrase

historical
  • Instructing another person to act in one's stead; by proxy.

    ‘the wardens of the forests performed important duties by deputy’
    • ‘Colonial offices were often granted to men who had obligations and duties in England, who had no intention of leaving England, and who performed their colonial duties by deputy.’
    • ‘At that time the office was granted to the chancellor of England, who executed the duties by deputy.’
    • ‘These clerks were appointed by patent for life, and were allowed to perform their duties by deputy.’
    • ‘The Registrar shall discharge such duties in respect of examinations as may be delegated to him by the Senate and he may perform these duties by deputy.’
    • ‘Either of these dignities was often conferred by way of compliment on the emperor, who usually discharged its duties by deputy.’