One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounin phrase give someone the go-by
1Avoid or snub someone.
avoid, evade, eschew, steer clear of, shy away from, fight shy of, recoil from, keep away from, keep one's distance from, give a wide berth to, have nothing to do with, leave alone, not touchView synonyms
- ‘‘It was hardly worth remembering till now,’ said the Tory, ‘I fancied a country girl to be rather pretty, because her name was Rose; but on acquaintance I changed my mind and gave her the go-by.’’
- ‘We have always aimed at keeping in the first rank, and we are determined to keep there, and any company that tries to give us the go-by will have to get a better ship than the Ben-my-Chree, and that will be a good day's work for any of them.’
- ‘If we encourage our great firms now, they will carry out this work; but if not, some other Power will give us the go-by in submarines, as two or three have already done in airship design and use.’
- ‘His good woman has told him to go and his friends give him the go-by.’
- ‘Gamblers, ranchers and shepherds came to see us, but the Mexicans gave us the go-by.’
- ‘Of course the crew gave me the go-by.’
- ‘I judge from these circumstances, that Covey deemed it best to give me the go-by.’
- ‘Nearing Pembina, the governor expectant, family and suite gave us the go-by… They arrived at the Hudson's Bay Co. post October 18th.’
- ‘We tried to salvo them every morning when we went or an all day walk and every evening wen we arrived back to the hotel, but they gave us the go-by.’
- 1.1 End a romantic relationship with someone.‘her young man's given her the go-by’
- ‘Mary got a cold splash when the once ardent Barrymore gave her the go-by in favor of Dolores Costello, and this just as they were embarking upon Don Juan in 1926.’
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