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[bahy] /baɪ/
noun, Also, by.
1.
Sports. in a tournament, the preferential status of a player or team not paired with a competitor in an early round and thus automatically advanced to play in the next round:
The top three seeded players received byes in the first round.
2.
Golf. the holes of a stipulated course still unplayed after the match is finished.
3.
Cricket. a run made on a ball not struck by the batsman.
4.
something subsidiary, secondary, or out of the way.
adjective
5.
by1 .
Idioms
6.
by the bye, by the way; incidentally:
By the bye, how do you spell your name?
Also, by the by.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; variant spelling of by1 in its noun sense “side way”
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British Dictionary definitions for by the bye

bye1

/baɪ/
noun
1.
(sport) the situation in which a player or team in an eliminatory contest wins a preliminary round by virtue of having no opponent
2.
(golf) one or more holes of a stipulated course that are left unplayed after the match has been decided
3.
(cricket) a run scored off a ball not struck by the batsman: allotted to the team as an extra and not to the individual batsman See also leg bye
4.
something incidental or secondary
5.
by the bye, incidentally; by the way: used as a sentence connector
Word Origin
C16: a variant of by

bye2

sentence substitute
1.
(Brit, informal) goodbye
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Word Origin and History for by the bye

bye

in sporting use, a variant of by (prep). Originally in cricket, "a run scored on a ball that is missed by the wicket-keeper" (1746); later, in other sports, "position of one who is left without a competitor when the rest have drawn pairs" (1883), originally in lawn-tennis.

shortened form of good-bye. Reduplication bye-bye is recorded from 1709, though as a sound used to lull a child to sleep it is attested from 1630s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for by the bye

bye

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take a bye


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with by the bye

by the bye

Also, by the by. Incidentally, in passing, as in By the bye, my wife is coming too, or Exactly where do you live, by the by? The bye or second by in this term originally meant “a side path,” whence the current sense of “off the track” or “of secondary importance.” [ Early 1500s ]
Also see: by the way
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