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Related to slide by: come off, in the first place, On a par, not to mention, give rise to, in line with, pat on the back
1. To move past (someone or something) while having smooth, continual contact with the ground. She fell on the ice while she was skating and slid by a bunch of popular kids from school. We were having coffee by the window of the restaurant when suddenly a huge truck went sliding by.
2. Of time, to pass very quickly and unnoticeably. These summer days just slide by, don't they? I can't believe it's nearly August already! The years keep sliding by faster and faster.
3. To progress through something, such as school, a project, one's job, etc., with a minimal amount of effort or attention. I've been really bored with my job, and I feel like I've just been sliding by lately. If you think you can slide by the whole semester and still pass this course, you are sadly mistaken!
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to get along with a minimum of effort. she didn't do a lot of work—she just slid by. Don't just slide by. Put in some effort.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.