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stop by

To stop and spend time at some place or with someone for a brief period of time. You should stop by for one of our poker games, they're a lot of fun! It was so great to see you, thanks for stopping by!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

stop by (some place)

 and stop in (some place)
to visit some place, usually briefly. I was coming home, but I decided to stop by my aunt's on the way. She was very glad that I stopped in.
See also: by, stop
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

stop by

Also, stop in. Pay a brief visit, as in I hope you'll stop by this afternoon, or He stopped in at Martha's whenever he came to New York on business. The first term dates from about 1900, the variant from the mid-1800s.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

stop by

v.
To interrupt one's course or journey briefly in order to visit or do business somewhere: I stopped by my friend's house on the way home from work. On our way to the party, we need to stop by the store and get a gift. Why don't you stop by sometime for lunch?
See also: by, stop
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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