something to remember (one) by

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something to remember (one) by

A memento or keepsake to remind one of someone. I'll miss you too. Here, keep my hat—something to remember me by.
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something to reˈmember somebody by

(informal) a punishment, especially a physical one: If I ever catch you stealing my apples again, I’ll give you something to remember me by.
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One morning while she was making her rounds, I went up to her and in a very poor imitation of Frank Sinatra, I sang, "Please give me something to remember you by.
In the dark and uncertain days of World War Two, a popular song said: "Oh, give me something to remember you by - some little something that says love never dies.
At least then, if you fall victim to the medical error epidemic, your family will get something to remember you by, and the doctor won't get a cent.
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