small spiny-finned fish of coastal or brackish waters having a large head and elongated tapering body having the ventral fins modified as a sucker
- The mast went by the board in the storm.
- As time went by and the old man became mellow, the fury went out of his parliamentary speeches.
- The whole house trembled when the train went by.
- At present examination is basically the only measure that teacher can go by to determine whether a student is qualified or not.