noun Informal.
a going by without notice; an intentional passing by; snub: to give one the go-by.

1605–15; noun use of verb phrase go by

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noun, plural (especially collectively) goby (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gobies.
any small marine or freshwater fish of the family Gobiidae, often having the pelvic fins united to form a suctorial disk.
any fish of the closely related family Eleotridae, having the pelvic fins separate.

1760–70; < Latin gōbius gudgeon (spelling variant of gōbiō or cōbius) < Greek kōbiós

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goby (ˈɡəʊbɪ)
n , pl -by, -bies
1.  any small spiny-finned fish of the family Gobiidae, of coastal or brackish waters, having a large head, an elongated tapering body, and the ventral fins modified as a sucker
2.  any other gobioid fish
[C18: from Latin gōbius gudgeon, fish of little value, from Greek kōbios]

slang a deliberate snub or slight (esp in the phrase give (a person) the go-by)

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Word Origin & History

kind of fish, 1769, from L. gobius, from Gk. gobios, of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
The goby is a bottom-dwelling fish that aggressively defends its spawning sites located in rock and gravel habitats.
Post flood persistence and recolonization of endangered tidewater goby populations.
It is standing guard at its burrow-but the goby shares the burrow with a shrimp.
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