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by (oneself)

1. Alone. Because there's usually so much going on with the kids, I really enjoy spending a quiet Saturday night by myself.
2. Through one's own efforts alone. You can't move that table all by yourself! Here, let me help you. My little girl loves to get dressed by herself, so tutus and cowboy boots have become the norm around here.
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by

/in fits and starts
With irregular intervals of action and inaction; intermittently.

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/in virtue of
On the grounds or basis of; by reason of: well-off by virtue of a large inheritance.
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