pass by

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pass by (third-person singular simple present passes by, present participle passing by, simple past and past participle passed by)

  1. (intransitive) To travel past without stopping. [from 14th c.]
    I noticed my wife pass by with a bag of shopping.
  2. (transitive) To travel past (something) without stopping; to ignore, to disregard. [from 14th c.]
    I had the distinct worry that happiness would pass me by.
    • 1941 August, C. Hamilton Ellis, “The English Station”, in Railway Magazine, page 358:
      Though these notes have no pretensions to being a comprehensive catalogue, we cannot pass Euston by. Euston is not a typically English station.
  3. (intransitive) Of a period of time: to come to an end, to elapse. [from 15th c.]
    Nearly a year has passed by since I first laid eyes on him.
  4. (Philippines) to drop by