- to meet someone or go somewhere in a brief and informal manner
- to be on a very short visit
- The gardener stopped by the nursery to get some soil for his garden.
- I wanted to stop by the medical store to get some prescription drugs this afternoon but had already got late for work so I did not.
- You should stop by if you are passing through here sometime.
- My mother always stops by the children’s hospital to check if they need something that she can help with.
- She is a good friend and stops by at my place quite regularly.
- I have no time to stop by today, perhaps we can catch up tomorrow?
- Can you stop by the garage and check how the work on my car is coming along?
- I could stop by at your mother’s place if you want me to.
- She never even stopped by, how can you claim that she likes you?
The custom of stopping by is a new world phenomenon because people do not have time for more than a brief visit. The origin of the phrase is speculated to be from the 18th century though.
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