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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyslip by
he/she/itslips by
present participleslipping by
past tenseslipped by
past participleslipped by
  1. if time or an opportunity slips by, it passes and you fail to use it or to gain an advantage from it
    I had the chance to switch jobs, but I let it slip by.
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