give the go-by (third-person singular simple present gives the go-by, present participle giving the go-by, simple past gave the go-by, past participle given the go-by)
- (transitive, now rare) To leave behind, outdistance. [from 17th c.]
- 2007, Sunday Mail, 5 August:
- Sliding Cube was taken on in front at Randwick and a couple of runners gave her the ‘go by’ when the field straightened.
- (transitive) To avoid dealing with; to disregard, ignore. [from 17th c.]
- 1844, John Wilson, Essay on the Genius, and Character of Burns
- [T]hey express sweetly enough some natural sentiments,—and what more would you have in a song? You have had far more in some songs to which we have given the go-by […]
1911, Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson:
To those other, those so august, accomplishments she no more pretended. She gave them the go-by.
- (transitive) To snub (someone); to end a relationship. [from 19th c.]
2012, Christina Brooke, Mad About the Earl:
"If you mean to give him the go-by, you ought to do it cleanly […] and not string the fellow along."