By the bye

Bye Bye (b[imac]), n. 1. A thing not directly aimed at; something which is a secondary object of regard; an object by the way, etc.; as in on or upon the bye, i. e., in passing; indirectly; by implication. [Obs. except in the phrase by the bye.] [1913 Webster]

The Synod of Dort condemneth upon the bye even the discipline of the Church of England. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

2. (Cricket) A run made upon a missed ball; as, to steal a bye. --T. Hughes. [1913 Webster]

3. In various sports in which the contestants are drawn in pairs, the position or turn of one left with no opponent in consequence of an odd number being engaged; as, to draw a bye in a round of a tennis tournament. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. (Golf) The hole or holes of a stipulated course remaining unplayed at the end of a match. [1913 Webster]

{By the bye}, in passing; by way of digression; apropos to the matter in hand. [Written also {by the by}.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • bye the bye — by the by, also bye the bye Incidentally; without new process. A term used in former English practice to denote the method of filing a declaration against a defendant who was already in the custody of the court at the suit of a different… …   Black's law dictionary

  • By the bye — By By (b[imac]), prep. [OE. bi, AS. b[=i], big, near to, by, of, from, after, according to; akin to OS. & OFries. bi, be, D. bij, OHG. b[=i], G. bei, Goth. bi, and perh. Gr. amfi . E. prefix be is orig. the same word. [root]203. See pref. {Be }.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • by the bye — adverb introducing a different topic; in point of fact incidentally, I won t go to the party • Syn: ↑by the way, ↑incidentally, ↑apropos * * * adverb or by the by …   Useful english dictionary

  • by the bye — Ⅰ. ► by the by (or bye) incidentally. Main Entry: ↑by Ⅱ. ► by the bye variant spelling of by the by (see BY(Cf. ↑by)). Main Entry: ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • by\ the\ bye — • by the way • by the bye adv. phr. Just as some added fact or news; as something else that I think of. Used to introduce something related to the general subject, or brought to mind by it. We shall expect you; by the way, dinner will be at eight …   Словарь американских идиом

  • by the bye — variant spelling of by the by (see by). → bye …   English new terms dictionary

  • by the bye — Declaring against a defendant without the issuance of process to secure his appearance. This was permitted when the defendant was already before the court as defendant in some other action …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • by the bye — by the by, incidentally, by the way …   English contemporary dictionary

  • by the bye — In passing, en passant, apropos of the matter in hand, by the way …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • by the bye — See: BY THE WAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

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