stay by

stay by someone or something

to remain close to someone or something. Please stay by me until we get through this crowd of rough-looking people. stay by the wall and move along slowly.
See also: stay
References in classic literature ?
He's the right kind an' we stay by him, don't we, girls?
He was cross with the stupid old man (as he called Rostov), who had made him stay by assuring him that some necessary documents had not yet arrived from town, and he was vexed with himself for having stayed.