live by

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live by something

1. to live near something. We live by a lovely park that is filled with children in the summer. I would love to live by the sea.
2. to survive by doing or using something in particular. (See also live by one's wits.) She lives by her own skill and hard work. We live by the skills that we have—and hard work, of course.
See also: by, live