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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystop by
he/she/itstops by
present participlestopping by
past tensestopped by
past participlestopped by

Related words

  1. same as stop1

    Please stop by my office.

See also main entry: stop

Open Dictionary


a rise in the level of a stream or river

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