he had put enough by to consider applying for a little allotment plot

Jingjing Tan

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Christabel Bielenberg, a Briton who lived in Hitler’s Germany, recounts in her memoirThe Past is Myselfthe archetypal story of a man who dropped through that trapdoor. Her gardener, Herr Neisse, had come home from the Great War and then spent years saving enough money to marry his Hilde. He often half-starved himself, writes Bielenberg, “and thus miraculously after some years he had put enough
by to consider applying for a little allotment plot”. But in 1923 hyperinflation wiped him out. “With my savings,” he later told Bielenberg, “I was able to buy just one cup and saucer, which I gave to Hilde.” After the crash of 1929 wiped him out again, he became a Nazi.-------taken from FT Magazine

Hi everybody,
I'm confused about the meaning of the red 'by' after looking it up in dictionaries. In my humble opinion, it is redundant. Could I remove it without changing the meaning? Thanks!

Jingjing
 
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