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A seemingly native English speaker said the following sentence on Youtube:

"...right now I'm not dead broke I don't have to skim by 4 any days"

Can "skim by" used this way as in "get by?"

  • You might get away with using "skim by" that way, but not "4". – Hot Licks Sep 20 '17 at 0:49
  • Ah, so you can use "skim by" to mean "get by"? I couldn't find this definition anywhere on the internet. – Stephen Sep 20 '17 at 0:50
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    I wonder if it’s a Malaprop for “skimp” – Jim Sep 20 '17 at 0:53
  • Ah, thanks Jim. That must have been it. Not sure how I did not catch that. – Stephen Sep 20 '17 at 0:58
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    One might say "skimp by", "scrimp by", "scrape by", and several others. "Skim by", while not particularly idiomatic, would generally be understood. – Hot Licks Sep 20 '17 at 0:59

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