live by


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live by

1. To reside some place close to a person or thing. I'm really looking forward to the move—it will be so nice to live by my parents. After growing up in a crowded city, it's almost surreal living by such wide open space.
2. To exist or survive due to some particular status or action. This company lives and dies by the work ethic of its employees, so we can't afford to have someone on board who isn't willing to do their share of the work. I didn't have any connections or experience when I moved to New York City, so I had to live by my wits.
3. To live in accordance with some creed, principle, ideal, etc. This company lives and dies by the work ethic of its employees, so we can't afford to have someone on board who isn't willing to do their share of the work. I didn't have any connections or experience when I moved to New York City, so I had to live by my wits.
See also: by, live

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