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bye1

[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”

bye2

[bahy] /baɪ/
interjection
1.
by2 .

bye-

1.
variant of by-:
bye-election.
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  • As minutes went bye the color red appeared as if the horizon was ablaze.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 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 bye

bye

Related Terms

take a bye


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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