Definition of by

"by" in the adverb sense

1. by, past

so as to pass a given point

"every hour a train goes past"

2. aside, by, away

in reserve not for immediate use

"started setting aside money to buy a car"

"put something by for her old age"

"has a nest egg tucked away for a rainy day"

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Quotations for by

By hook or by crook. [ Proverb ]

Step by step; by degrees.

By courage, not by craft. [ Motto ]

By right ways and by wrong.

By force and arms; by main force.

Neither by entreaty nor by a bribe. [ Motto ]

Heaven is as near by sea as by land. [ Proverb ]

What is done by night appears by day. [ Proverb ]

They that die by famine die by inches. [ Matthew Henry ]

Usefulness comes by labour, wit by ease. [ George Herbert ]

By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall. [ John Dickinson ]

Overpowered by one is overpowered by all. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Noble by birth, yet nobler by great deeds. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

If I cannot by might, I'll do it by slight. [ Proverb ]

Judge not by the number, but by the weight. [ Cicero ]

We accomplish more by prudence than by force. [ Tacitus ]

Ill comes in by ells, and goes out by inches. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Take a man by his word and a cow by her horn. [ Proverb ]

Let these be your studies by night and by day.

We measure genius by quality, not by quantity. [ Wendell Phillips ]

Knowledge advances by steps, and not by leaps. [ Macaulay ]

We must live by the quick, and not by the dead. [ Proverb ]

Virtue is praised by all; but practiced by few. [ Proverb ]

He that is a wise man by day is no fool by night. [ Proverb ]

Evil comes to us by ells and goes away by inches. [ Proverb ]

Two anons and a by and by, are an hour and a half. [ Proverb ]

By ignorance we mistake, and by mistakes we learn. [ Proverb ]

By a leap; by passing over the intermediate steps.

Love must be taken by stratagem, not by open force. [ Goldsmith ]

Better be stung by a nettle than pricked by a rose. [ Proverb ]

A bird is known by its note, and a man by his talk. [ Proverb ]

There are more men ennobled by study than by nature. [ Cicero ]

Amiens was taken by the fox and retaken by the lion. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

As fire is kindled by bellows, so is anger by words. [ Proverb ]

We please oftener by our defects than by our virtues. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

An ox is taken by the horns, and a man by the tongue. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we quote. [ Emerson ]

We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain. [ W. R. Alger ]

There is more money got by ill means than by good acts. [ Proverb ]

Crooked by nature is never made straight by education.. [ Proverb ]

Mischief comes by the pound, and goes away by the ounce. [ Proverb ]

Jealousy is sustained as often by pride as by affection. [ Colton ]

Man is not depraved by true pleasures, but by false ones. [ De Lacretelle ]

No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself. [ Lord Greville ]

We are as liable to be corrupted by books as by companions. [ Fielding ]

Erasmus injured us more by his wit than Luther by his anger. [ Leo X ]

Birds are entangled by their feet, and men by their tongues. [ Proverb ]

He that runs out by extravagancy must retrieve by parsimony. [ Proverb ]

Ridiculous modes, invented by ignorance and adopted by folly. [ Smollett ]

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord. [ Bible ]

I have been tempted by opportunity, and seconded by accident. [ Marmontel ]

Languages begin by being a music, and end by being an algebra. [ Ampere ]

We rise to fortune by successive steps; we descend by only one. [ Stanislaus ]

He's winding up the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike. [ William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II Sc.1 ]

As much by Mars as by Minerva; as much by courage as by wisdom. [ Proverb ]

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. [ Johnson ]

He sought to have that by practice which he could not by prayer. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

Better make penitents by gentleness than hypocrites by severity. [ St. Francis de Sales ]

Those that are stung by the scorpion, are healed by the scorpion. [ Proverb ]

Great men get more by obliging inferiors than by disdaining them. [ South ]

We may give more offense by our silence than even by impertinence. [ Hazlitt ]

By the streets of "By and By" one arrives at the house of "Never." [ Cervantes ]

Then sing by turns, by turns the Muses sing; Now hawthorns blossom. [ Pope ]

Warm your body by healthful exercise, not by cowering over a stove. [ Thoreau ]

He who has carried the calf will be able by and by to carry the ox. [ Proverb ]

Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time; hatred ceases by love. [ Buddha ]

To be deceived by a promise, is worse than to be put by one's hopes. [ Proverb ]

We are by no means aware how much we are influenced by our passions. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

The drop hollows the stone not by force, but by continually falling. [ Proverb ]

Good-will, like a good name, is got by many actions and lost by one. [ Jeffrey ]

Republics come to an end by luxurious habits; monarchies by poverty. [ Montesquieu ]

We are not strong by our power to penetrate, but by our relatedness. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature, and embroidered by imagination. [ Voltaire ]

Learning hath gained most by those books by which printers have lost. [ Fuller ]

Virtue is more persecuted by the wicked, than encouraged by the good. [ Proverb ]

Folly disgusts us less by her ignorance than pedantry by her learning. [ Colton ]

Much more profitable and gracious is doctrine by example than by rule. [ Spenser ]

Crimes succeed by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay. [ Tacitus ]

Mental stains cannot be removed by time, nor washed away by any waters. [ Cicero ]

It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws. [ Aristotle ]

A woman is more influenced by what she divines than by what she is told. [ Ninon de Lenclos ]

The road to learning by precept is long, by example short and effectual. [ Seneca ]

No power of good can be obtained by doing nothing and by knowing nothing. [ Johnson ]

Great men are more distinguished by range and extent than by originality. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

He that is busy is tempted but by one devil, he that is idle by a legion. [ Proverb ]

The nervous fluid in man is consumed by the brain; in women, by the heart. [ Stendhal ]

The public are to be caught by the ears, as one takes a pot by the handles. [ Proverb ]

Nature never hurries; atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Increasing wealth is attended by care and by the desire of greater increase. [ Horace ]

I am satisfied that we are less convinced by what we hear than by what we see. [ Herodotus ]

The master should not be graced by the mansion, but the mansion by the master. [ Cicero ]

The most subtle flattery that a woman can receive is by actions, not by words. [ Mme. Necker ]

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant. [ Robert Louis Stevenson ]

Despatch is taking time by the ears; hurry is taking it by the end of the tail. [ Henry Wheeler Shaw (pen name Josh Billings) ]

The wisdom of women comes to them by inspiration, their folly by premeditation. [ Dumas, Pere ]

Living religion grows not by the doctrines, but by the narratives of the Bible. [ Jean Paul ]

By art and deceit men live half the year, and by deceit and art the other half. [ Proverb ]

Ignorant people are to be caught by the ears as one catches a pot by the handle. [ From the French ]

We may outrun by violent swiftness that which we run at and lose by overrunning. [ William Shakespeare ]

Charms by accepting, by submitting sways, yet has her humor most when she obeys. [ Pope ]

Great things are not accomplished by idle dreams, but by years of patient study. [ Aughey ]

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booby boobyhatch boobyhatches

booby boobytrap boobytrapped

booby boobytrap boobytraps


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byssoid byssoidal


byssus byssuses

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goby gobylike

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hereby thereby

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hobby hobbyhorse hobbyhorses

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hubby chubby


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presbyopia presbyopias


ruby rubylike

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sibyl sibyllic

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snobby unsnobby


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webby cobwebby