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by dint of

  1. Because of.
    The North Caucasus are part of Russia by dint of history.
  2. By means of.
    He succeeded by dint of effort, not talent.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VIII
      Nobs, by dint of much scrambling and one or two narrow escapes from death, had managed to follow us up the cliff and was now curled between me and the doorway, having devoured a piece of the dried meat, which he seemed to relish immensely.