Definition of get in English:


verbgets, got, getting, gotten

  • 1with object Come to have (something); receive.

    ‘I got a letter from him the other day’
    ‘what kind of reception did you get?’
    • ‘Every year he trawls through the letters and gets visits from people who have fallen on hard circumstances.’
    • ‘All children occasionally get presents that they do not like and are instructed by their parents that they must seem delighted with them.’
    • ‘He is getting a clearer idea of what will happen in terms of field of operations.’
    • ‘You kind of get the sense that he could almost act the part better than you could.’
    • ‘They always say it will be stopped, but when I get my pay slip it is there again.’
    • ‘Their selfless gesture means that a two-year-old girl received a new heart and a baby of one got the liver he needed.’
    • ‘I got the sense that you didn't feel you had received enough information from the doctors treating your wife.’
    • ‘It is all about community effort and we are getting more and more community effort.’
    • ‘But anyway, tell me, what did you get for your birthday?’
    • ‘So they've gotten a lot of impressions at a very good price - basically for free.’
    • ‘Yet when I ask the council to do something for me and my community what do I get - nothing.’
    • ‘We're getting about 18 hours of sunshine each day.’
    • ‘Visit your local station and you will receive a warm reception and get the truth.’
    • ‘The lady who wrote this letter to the editor gets a free beer or cup of coffee on me if I ever meet her.’
    • ‘It first gets leads from letters and builds up an investigative news story, mostly critical.’
    • ‘You get the feeling that he could go round again, he is such an out and out stayer.’
    • ‘When you simply look at the list, you get the impression nobody is doing anything for anyone.’
    • ‘Okay, I'm really panicking now, will she send back all my letters when she eventually gets the bracelet?’
    • ‘She gets a rock star reception in shopping malls, often being asked to stop for photographs or to sign autographs.’
    • ‘Do you get compliments when you throw that purple scarf around your neck or do you look cool and sharp in black?’
    • ‘While the Club appreciates the support it gets from the local community more funds will be needed if this success is to continue.’
    acquire, obtain, come by, come to have, come into possession of, receive, gain, earn, win, come into, come in for, take possession of, take receipt of, be given
    receive, be sent, be in receipt of, accept delivery of, be given
    retrieve, regain, regain possession of, win back, recover, take back, recoup, reclaim, repossess, recapture, retake, redeem
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    1. 1.1 Experience, suffer, or be afflicted with (something bad)
      ‘I got a sudden pain in my left eye’
      • ‘He's got enough problems of his own without having to worry about a girl who desperately just needs someone else to want her.’
      • ‘I was gradually waking up this morning when I moved my left leg and suddenly got a really bad cramp.’
      • ‘I was screwing in a light switch cover and got a nasty shock.’
      • ‘I hope he gets a really bad dose of whatever his fix is and never wakes up again.’
      • ‘I was getting a really bad sensation in my fingers and it felt like I was walking on gravel.’
      • ‘Recently I have been getting a serious pain on my left side.’
      • ‘I had gotten my life's fair dose of suffering.’
      • ‘They've got a severe shortage of engineers, and it will take 18 months to work out that problem.’
      • ‘The students expect the cheating student to get her comeuppance but nothing happens.’
      • ‘I get a horrible stomach ache before every audition.’
      experience, suffer, be afflicted with, undergo, sustain, feel, have
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    2. 1.2 Receive as a punishment or penalty.
      ‘I'll get the sack if things go wrong’
      • ‘If he had an ounce of honour he would walk, and consider himself lucky that is all the punishment he gets.’
      • ‘That was technically the punishment they should have gotten, expulsion for disobeying a direct order from a superior.’
      • ‘I can see that whatever this boy has done, it is worthy of the punishment he is getting.’
      • ‘Dad got fifteen months in prison, while his son got 240 hours' community service.’
      • ‘If Smith succeeds in getting a severe sentence in this case, it will send a chilling message to others in the porn trade.’
      • ‘I got the sack once for laughing at work - I was driving a hearse at the time.’
      • ‘However, down the street a further two if not three disabled parkers had also got fixed penalty tickets.’
      • ‘He got ten years for the lesser crime of conspiracy to murder.’
      • ‘If caught what punishment will they get, so many hours, be a good boy, don't do it again till next time?’
      • ‘Anyone over the age of 10 dropping litter will get a fine.’
    3. 1.3 Contract (a disease or ailment)
      ‘I might be getting the flu’
      • ‘Whenever my three-year-old son gets a cold, he suffers from a high temperature and is sick for 24 hours.’
      • ‘I have to rest you but, if anyone asks, you've got the flu.’
      • ‘Antioxidants are believed to lessen one's risk of getting heart disease and high blood pressure.’
      • ‘When scientists found out that people who smoked got lung cancer, the result was significant: it wasn't just a coincidence.’
      • ‘She felt like she was getting a thousand diseases just from their second-hand smoke.’
      • ‘It is like an injection, as when someone gets lumbago and receives a shot.’
      • ‘He has fears about the risks of getting more serious asbestos disease.’
      succumb to, develop, come down with, go down with, sicken for, fall victim to, be struck down with, be stricken with, be afflicted by, be afflicted with, be smitten by, be smitten with
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  • 2with object Succeed in attaining, achieving, or experiencing; obtain.

    ‘I need all the sleep I can get’
    ‘he got a teaching job in California’
    • ‘It's a bizarre and refreshing experience, but I can't see him ever getting an Arts Council grant.’
    • ‘By then she'd got herself a job and a house, but her doctor threw her off the methadone course and she ended up back on drugs.’
    • ‘The program usually gets a high rating and receives a large number of sponsors.’
    • ‘Maybe if I get a better job and a decent night's sleep it'll bother me less.’
    • ‘If a touchdown is scored either the quarterback, running back or receiver gets the glory.’
    • ‘Opening her car door and stepping out, Toni got a clearer glimpse of the woman.’
    • ‘In Greece the Communist Party got 9 percent of the vote, holding on to its three MEPs.’
    • ‘She recently got herself a good job and told me that she'd made a decision to get her own life back again.’
    • ‘She'd hardly got any sleep the night before.’
    • ‘But he had gotten a very clear look at the man's face, and a better estimate of his height and weight.’
    • ‘The winning team gets the next crime-fighting contract for the upcoming fiscal year.’
    • ‘Lewis believed that the students who wrote the letter could have gotten the same result had they just come and talked to her.’
    • ‘Despite being in the same room as her for two or three hours I just didn't get a chance to bring the subject up with her.’
    • ‘It is understood he received a letter last week telling him he would be getting the OBE.’
    • ‘The Wasps' man of the match in each game receives three points, the second best player gets two points and the third best one point.’
    • ‘If a farmer had land on both sides of the road he had to get permission to bring them across that road.’
    • ‘He looked like he didn't feel good, like he hadn't gotten much sleep the night before.’
    • ‘The Daycare Trust says only half a million children receive the credits to get them a nursery place.’
    • ‘Do you use larger doses of drinking chocolate to get the same high you once experienced?’
    • ‘He said the board had money to put into it but sanction had not been received to get the equipment.’
    acquire, obtain, come by, come to have, come into possession of, receive, gain, earn, win, come into, come in for, take possession of, take receipt of, be given
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    1. 2.1 Move in order to pick up or bring (something); fetch.
      ‘get another chair’
      with two objects ‘I'll get you a drink’
      • ‘As Usual she walked into the kitchen, got a can of pop and a bag of salt and vinegar chips.’
      • ‘Tristan was still in the parking lot getting the last of the equipment out of the van.’
      • ‘We got the ladder and brought it back around the front with intentions to leave it on the patio, which is enclosed.’
      • ‘Then she continued on to the kitchen to get herself a glass of water, as all that sat on the table was punch.’
      • ‘He was getting something from his pocket and it took him some time to get his wallet.’
      • ‘It was understood that when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door.’
      • ‘Eddie, who was on the far bank, directed me to where he was and I went and got a lifebelt and threw it to him.’
      • ‘She kicked out at him and he released her but went into the kitchen and got the 6in-bladed knife.’
      • ‘Apparently, Ella and Brett got sick of our debate, and went to go get a hotdog together.’
      • ‘I expounded this theory, and then, since it was a buffet lunch, went off to get some more food.’
      • ‘Someone from reception gets the resuscitation kit and calls the other two doctors consulting that evening.’
      • ‘He walked into the kitchen and got himself a glass of water before he sat back down.’
      fetch, collect, go for, call for, pick up, bring, carry, deliver, convey, ferry, transport
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    2. 2.2 Prepare (a meal)
      ‘Celia went to the kitchen to start getting their dinner’
      • ‘She'd been getting the same lunch every day for nearly two years now, and she never tired of it.’
      • ‘Only come out in the early morning when no one is up to get breakfast.’
      • ‘Making the fresh soda bread, getting the dinner, and doing her housework was her joy.’
      prepare, get ready, cook, make, put together, assemble, muster, dish up, concoct
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    3. 2.3with object and adverbial Tend to meet with or find in a specified place or situation.
      ‘for someone used to the tiny creatures we get in England it was something of a shock’
      • ‘There are certain forms of weather we get here that are foul - pointlessly mean, surly for no reason, vindictive.’
      • ‘If you say anything to them you get abuse thrown back at you and it's becoming a disgusting area.’
      • ‘We still get people who have no interest except that they are having something for free.’
      • ‘You get kids throwing bricks at windows all the time, but you don't go out and kill them.’
    4. 2.4 Travel by or catch (a bus, train, or other form of transport)
      ‘I got a taxi across to Baker Street’
      • ‘Further down Oxford Street we got a Victoria Line train from Bond Street to Euston.’
      • ‘I left the party at some time way after midnight, so got the very last tube into King's Cross last night.’
      • ‘The transport system in Kingston isn't so bad that getting the bus or train is not an option.’
      • ‘Certainly, you're not getting a Circle Line train today, or for several weeks at least.’
      • ‘At the last minute, Keith decided not to get the train and instead got a later metro.’
      travel by, travel in, travel on, journey by, journey in, journey on
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    5. 2.5 Obtain (a figure or answer) as a result of calculation.
      • ‘Add 3 + 9 + 3 to get 15.’
      • ‘He drew pictures instead of making calculations, and somehow got the right answers.’
      • ‘In the first two expressions, she multiplied before dividing, getting 9 as an answer for the first expression and 6 for the second.’
    6. 2.6 Make contact with, especially by telephone.
      ‘you can get me at home if you need me’
      • ‘She called him at home, but got his wife instead.’
      • ‘Lost my cell phone, but you can still get me at my landline.’
      contact, get in touch with, communicate with, make contact with, reach, be in communication with
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    7. 2.7 Respond to a ring of (a telephone or doorbell)
      ‘I'll get the door!’
      • ‘Get the door for me will you, please?’
      • ‘In the meantime, make a rule that if you will always take out the trash, she will always get the phone.’
    8. 2.8informal in imperative Used to draw attention to someone whom one regards as pretentious or vain.
      ‘get her!’
      • ‘Get you, having breakfast at ten thirty am.’
      • ‘Ooh! Get her! Want to be left alone, love?’
  • 3Reach or cause to reach a specified state or condition.

    no object, with complement ‘he'd got thinner’
    ‘it's getting late’
    with past participle ‘you'll get used to it’
    with object and complement ‘I need to get my hair cut’
    • ‘Other reports also indicate that the job market is not getting any better.’
    • ‘Even as technology expands the way leaders can communicate, it's gotten tougher than ever to be heard.’
    • ‘It's only slowly that tech and public interest communities are getting involved.’
    • ‘But I can assure you that I can get angry - very angry.’
    • ‘The older I get the more the issue of crime and punishment becomes a grey area.’
    • ‘The affect this is having on the quality of life for residents and the business community is acute and getting worse.’
    • ‘He gets tired easily, needs help cutting up food and washing and needs constant care.’
    • ‘I lie on my bed, looking at the walls of the cell that is to be my home for the next two weeks and reflect on how things got this bad.’
    • ‘She nodded and stormed out of the room to get her costume ready.’
    • ‘They did an excellent job of getting everything sorted out for this test.’
    • ‘But every waking hour the competition in the mobile communications market gets tougher.’
    • ‘We still went ahead getting the property ready for the season, training seasonal staff and volunteers.’
    • ‘We had it in our minds that Daniel would get better, nothing prepared us for that.’
    • ‘We all eventually get sick, and then we all die.’
    • ‘I have got half a dozen great slow, huge songs, but I kind of get bored of playing them live.’
    • ‘It's been a busy day to day so I haven't had time to cook dinner before getting ready for work.’
    • ‘It's interesting that over the past few years my spelling has certainly got a lot worse than it used to be.’
    • ‘So after a while, you sort of get used to all of the little things on the car.’
    • ‘We'll see a real resurgance of underground communications networks if this gets worse.’
    • ‘As the weather gets warmer the fatal disease myxomatosis spreads faster.’
    • ‘If you're starting to get confused, just hang on because it gets deeper.’
    become, grow, turn, go, come to be, get to be
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    1. 3.1as auxiliary verb Used with past participle to form the passive mood.
      ‘the cat got drowned’
      • ‘I try to have a passive awareness… but I'm getting sidetracked into a different topic.’
      • ‘Typically, this is when the cat gets chased around the house and garden by a loony old poet brandishing a frying-pan.’
      • ‘I can't remember if the cat got fed that morning.’
      • ‘Tracy's bike got stolen in Vancouver.’
      • ‘Are we surprised that the message from sensible speeches gets drowned out when appeals to the basest fears of a crowd always bring the loudest cheer?’
      • ‘You know you're in worse shape when the cat in the movie gets billed in the credits.’
      • ‘Bag after black plastic bag got filled with old, useless paper.’
      • ‘The president seems weirdly ignorant of how stuff gets done in DC.’
      • ‘A vet today urged motorists to slow down after a dramatic rise in the number of cats getting knocked down on a busy stretch in Wickford.’
      • ‘All of those sorts of decisions get pushed to the U.N. Security Council.’
      • ‘It's not often that one gets invited to meet the Prince of Wales, especially in India.’
      • ‘Unfortunately most people seem to think that when a cat gets declawed it is only their claws that are removed.’
      • ‘The calm voice was always there but tended to get drowned out by the soundless scream of panic.’
      • ‘They sent an officer to meet me, and got invited to have a cup of tea with the station commander.’
      • ‘Val replies but it gets drowned out by a piano and distant chanting.’
      • ‘Within half an hour the team had gotten registered and received their racing numbers.’
      • ‘Their vocals were getting drowned by their music even though they were virtually shouting.’
      • ‘At times, her voice in medium range got drowned in the accompanying instruments.’
      • ‘The emotional message of the film doesn't get drowned out if you watch it the other way round.’
      • ‘He got robbed at gunpoint in Mexico.’
    2. 3.2with object and past participle Cause to be treated in a specified way.
      ‘get the form signed by a doctor’
      • ‘It said it would press the contractors to get the Bilbrough work completed as soon as possible.’
      • ‘They entered the kitchen to see that Kim had already gotten dinner prepared.’
      • ‘We do move heaven and earth to try to get the post delivered at least the next day.’
      • ‘Depending on the number of people there we'll limit the number of things I'll sign, in order that everyone gets something signed.’
      • ‘Otherwise we send out for a Chinese or get something prepared for us downstairs.’
      contrive, arrange, find a way, engineer a way, manage
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    3. 3.3with object and infinitive Induce or prevail upon (someone) to do something.
      ‘they got her to sign the consent form’
      • ‘Maria had gone along in the hope that she could get her friend to pick something tasteful without a huge price tag.’
      • ‘So I got them to move me into a little hotel in Soho, the seedy area of New York.’
      • ‘I DJ and if anyone buys me a drink I always get a member of staff to bring it over to me.’
      • ‘The other thing of note is, if a couple of emails and a letter gets a blogger to close down his blog, what if you got a writ of summons?’
      • ‘Hire some of the people involved and get them to bring their audience with them.’
      • ‘So I would be grateful if you could publish this letter to get people to register!’
      • ‘Once that is established, the next move will be to get doctors to clean up their act.’
      • ‘Henry had promised to try and get Father to agree to bring him along with them when they left.’
      • ‘He immediately sent back his own colour picture of his son after getting Jonny to sign it first.’
      • ‘It has all the marks of some Labour official drawing it up and then getting the MP to sign it.’
      • ‘Andrew Corrigan got the winner to pull off the surprise result of the season.’
      • ‘The latest scam is to get us to sign a contract agreeing to longer shifts to cover up for staff shortages.’
      • ‘Is getting a million people to come out and wave symbolic signs at a symbolic march a political act?’
      • ‘We could have pushed our luck and got the president to sign up for both the aid and the climate change deal.’
      • ‘And if you could get him to nip round with a feather duster, I would be most grateful.’
      • ‘No wonder we have such difficulty in getting really good candidates to stand.’
      • ‘I wish some publisher would get Dave to update it, and bring it back into print.’
      • ‘But I knew nothing then of getting people to sign a piece of paper forbidding them to speak to anyone else.’
      • ‘At the end of the day, there is nothing like a good old British tragedy to get us to rally round and buy some papers.’
      • ‘They had also never gotten the band to sign releases for their interviews, which took more than three years to conduct.’
      persuade, induce, prevail on, influence, talk round
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    4. 3.4no object, with infinitive Have the opportunity to do.
      ‘he got to try out a few of these nice new cars’
      • ‘Sue had been perfectly outraged that Astrid had gotten to go meet Ian first.’
      • ‘I got to meet him first hand and to know him a little bit in the short period of time.’
      contrive, arrange, find a way, engineer a way, manage
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    5. 3.5no object, with present participle or infinitive Begin to be or do something, especially gradually or by chance.
      ‘we got talking one evening’
      • ‘This is now getting to be fun.’
      • ‘I got to realise life was not about being famous, there's a life after what you do on stage.’
      • ‘I can't remember how our friendship got going, but before we knew it we were thick as thieves.’
      • ‘We didn't go out on dates as such but we met up and we got talking.’
      • ‘Let's get moving.’
      • ‘The guys are really trying to get to know each other right now.’
      • ‘We had to wait some time for the contact we'd come to meet and we got talking to a woman in reception.’
  • 4no object, with adverbial of direction Come, go, or make progress eventually or with some difficulty.

    ‘Nigel got home very late’
    ‘he hadn't got very far with the book yet’
    • ‘Eventually he gets near the beach, and jumps out into water that's just about shallow enough to stand in.’
    • ‘The boy was hardly going to be able to get anywhere on foot.’
    • ‘I have attempted to locate this item on several search engines and haven't gotten anywhere.’
    • ‘Once the tram gets there, the car is nowhere to be seen.’
    • ‘Once you are outside of Moscow or Sofia you can encounter difficulties getting from one place to another.’
    • ‘When proceedings eventually got under way it was action and endeavour all the way.’
    • ‘When I finally got into bed, I couldn't stop thinking about her.’
    • ‘When I got home after picking up my paper, there was a letter waiting for me, from my best friend Diana.’
    • ‘Power was restored a quarter of an hour later and play eventually got under way at 6.22 pm.’
    • ‘They spoke out before leaving late yesterday afternoon as legal moves to evict them got under way.’
    • ‘I haven't really gotten anywhere yet, but maybe in a few weeks' time, I'll put a photo gallery up on the main site.’
    • ‘Blaine's mom was just getting home from work.’
    • ‘I still haven't gotten anywhere with the guitar I bought at the beginning of the year… ah well.’
    • ‘At the moment you have to step over piles of stuff if you want to get anywhere.’
    • ‘She has had rheumatoid arthritis for seven months and has difficulty walking and getting about.’
    • ‘Now continuing along our route we will eventually get back to the start of the maze again.’
    • ‘He got stuck on the Edgware Road, but eventually he got here and did the business.’
    • ‘Some kids spent 7-8 hours getting home on the bus.’
    • ‘With the Scottish capital's new traffic regulations, a green light is no guarantee of getting anywhere in a hurry.’
    • ‘His knee eventually healed and he got back into pro football, not as a player but as a head coach for his old team.’
    arrive, reach, come, make it, turn up, appear, put in an appearance, make an appearance, come on the scene, come up, approach, enter, present oneself, be along, come along, materialize
    return, come home, come back, arrive home, arrive back, come again
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    1. 4.1no object, with adverbial Move or come into a specified position, situation, or state.
      ‘she got into the car’
      ‘Henry got to his feet’
      ‘you don't want to get into debt’
      • ‘Dreams were destroyed when a person decided to get behind the wheel after drinking.’
      • ‘If one parent isn't home to supervise the kids, kids get into trouble.’
      • ‘However, much weight is attached to their communal life when they got there.’
      • ‘I waited for her to calm down and get into a good position before telling me her dream.’
      • ‘Again this is an easy situation to get into because companies are evolving concerns.’
      • ‘But suppose you just happen to get into a situation where you are dependent upon me?’
      • ‘She looked disappointed, and the group resolved to see what the situation was when they got there.’
      • ‘There was a plastic Dalek that you get inside and move around, saying EX-TER-MIN-ATE!’
      • ‘With the older child of course, one gets closer to the situation with an adult.’
      • ‘We almost lost the school a few years ago and we do not want to get into that situation again.’
      • ‘If you get into financial difficulties or house prices fall, your home may be at risk.’
      • ‘The slice slows the ball's speed down giving you the time to get into a better position.’
      • ‘He has gotten out of position, a rarity in past years, in an apparent effort to cover for other players or perhaps live up to his contract extension.’
      • ‘And when kids get into trouble, whose fault is it?’
      • ‘If you get into difficulty, you can also often contact the advisory branch of the same firm.’
      • ‘It came as a relief to his conscience as Jake moved, trying to get back on his feet.’
      • ‘There've been very few good men who've gotten to these positions of power.’
      • ‘You get into a situation, you have a bunch of ideas floating around, and you want to make a movie.’
      • ‘Gabriel had gotten up from his position on the ground and was standing nose to nose with Michael.’
      • ‘There isn't much room, and you have to wait for everyone to get into position before you hit.’
      • ‘And this is something that shouldn't have gotten to this situation.’
      • ‘She agrees that the resort is unlikely to get back to the position it boasted in its heyday.’
      • ‘Women have fought long and hard to get into positions that men hold within the leadership of the church.’
      become, grow, turn, go, come to be, get to be
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    2. 4.2with object and adverbial Succeed in making (someone or something) come, go, or move somewhere.
      ‘she had to get them away from the rocks’
      ‘let's get you home’
      • ‘I said hello and took his arm, while his daughter took the other, and we managed to get him to the top of the steps.’
      • ‘How are we going to get the animals across the river?’
      • ‘The only disappointing aspect of our play was that we did not succeed in getting enough players into our opponents' box.’
      • ‘In just over an hour, however, they succeeded in getting the pontoons into place and began the inflation process.’
      • ‘Because of this corruption he said it was easier to climb Everest than get aid to the poor.’
      • ‘Three hours later, Isabel succeeded in getting her husband back to their ranch.’
      • ‘They succeeded in getting her about a foot away from the water's edge before all of a sudden they looked up in panic.’
      • ‘Significant moves are planned to get more tourists into this country by air and sea.’
      • ‘Does that mean the government finally succeeded in getting us into the melting pot?’
      • ‘A nightmarish trip by litter and wagon followed before aides succeeded in getting him to a medical aid station in the rear.’
      • ‘He'd suddenly start pouring out one idea after another so you couldn't get him away from your desk.’
      • ‘When I got her home she was incredibly agitated, but since she's been eating normally.’
      contrive, arrange, find a way, engineer a way, manage
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    3. 4.3North American informal no object, with clause Reach a specified point or stage.
      ‘it's getting so I can't even think’
      • ‘His vision was blurred and his speech was getting so that hardly anyone could understand him.’
      • ‘It got so I couldn't come back from my trips empty-handed.’
  • 5have got

    see have
  • 6with object Catch or apprehend (someone)

    ‘the police have got him’
    • ‘It wasn't the dog that got him, it was a man, police said.’
    • ‘Thomas managed to get Chris, who was still laughing, into a headlock.’
    • ‘One assailant grabbed him and got him in a headlock while an accomplice pulled the wallet out of his trouser pocket.’
    • ‘Thank god security was tight and the cops got him before he could do anything.’
    • ‘So it's a double blow for you: first that the bad people have gotten us, and second that I've failed you.’
    • ‘Trudy began to go down the path to the inn when Ed got her by the arm.’
    apprehend, catch, arrest, capture, seize, take
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    1. 6.1 Strike or wound (someone) with a blow or missile.
      ‘you got me in the eye!’
      • ‘I got him on the neck, but it was a lucky shot.’
      • ‘I was going to get him in the nose but when he saw my fist coming he moved.’
      • ‘Another guy came up at me and he took a swing and got me in the arm.’
    2. 6.2informal Punish, injure, or kill (someone), especially as retribution.
      ‘I'll get you for this!’
      • ‘We get our enemies and punish their crimes, but the crimes of our friends go unpunished.’
      • ‘You little rat, I'll get you for that!’
      • ‘I had thought that she was just out to get me for a few wrong things I had done to her in the past.’
      • ‘Anna has troubles of her own - including a little brother who's out to get her.’
      take revenge on, be revenged on, exact revenge on, wreak revenge on, get one's revenge on, avenge oneself on, take vengeance on, get even with, settle a score with, settle the score with, pay back, pay out, retaliate against, retaliate on, get back at, take reprisals against, exact retribution on, give someone their just deserts, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicine
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    3. 6.3get itinformal Be punished, injured, or killed.
      ‘wait until dad comes home, then you'll get it!’
      • ‘What a waste when somebody gets it and it ain't even their fault.’
      • ‘Be glad that I'm busy writing at the moment, because if I wasn't, you'd get it!’
    4. 6.4get mine, his, etc.informal Be appropriately punished or rewarded.
      ‘I'll get mine, you'll get yours, we'll all get wealthy’
      • ‘But as one Pennsylvania retiree put it, ‘We refuse to accept this concept of ‘you got yours, now back off.’’
      • ‘That would be the ‘I got mine, pull up the ladder school of government’, which sadly seems to be the dominant perspective these days.’
      • ‘‘Hey,’ they hiss at us now, ‘I got mine, you get yours - adios chump.’’
      receive, be sent, be in receipt of, accept delivery of, be given
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    5. 6.5informal Annoy (someone) greatly.
      ‘cleaning the same things all the time, that's what gets me’
      • ‘How much has the fact that your game slipped over the past year been burning you inside? Deeply. It gets me.’
      • ‘What really gets me is how insipid the parents are.’
      annoy, irritate, exasperate, anger, irk, vex, inflame, put out, nettle, needle, provoke, incense, infuriate, madden, rub up the wrong way, try someone's patience, make someone's blood boil, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, get someone's hackles up, rattle someone's cage
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    6. 6.6 Baffle (someone)
      ‘she had got me there: I could not answer’
      • ‘What is an annuity? No, you got me there.’
      baffle, nonplus, perplex, puzzle, bewilder, mystify, bemuse, confuse, confound, disconcert, throw, set someone thinking
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  • 7informal with object Understand (an argument or the person making it)

    ‘What do you mean? I don't get it’
    • ‘She had obviously got it this time as she then asked me for my credit card limit.’
    • ‘I don't have a family, you get it?’
    • ‘It's almost a revolution, get me?’
    • ‘I appreciate that it will take time to filter through and for people to get the message.’
    • ‘I don't think the old guy got it, and pretty soon he was shuffling back up the mountain.’
    • ‘Perhaps he got what I meant, perhaps he did not.’
    • ‘We even did a cover of Riders on the Storm as a joke and of course nobody got it.’
    • ‘Gotta love them jokes thrown in there that a good half of the audience has no chance of getting.’
    hear, recognize, discern, distinguish, make out, pick out, perceive, follow, keep up with, take in
    understand, comprehend, grasp, see, take in, fathom, follow, puzzle out, work out, perceive, apprehend, get to the bottom of, unravel, decipher
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  • 8archaic with object Acquire (knowledge) by study; learn.

    ‘that knowledge which is gotten at school’

nounPlural gets

  • 1dated An animal's offspring.

    • ‘He's the son of the well-known Driftwood Ike, and his get are much sought-after by rodeo hands across the country.’
  • 2British dialect, informal A person whom the speaker dislikes or despises.

    • ‘I can't stand that other smarmy get.’
    • ‘Stupid get! O my God, how you stick yourself I'll never know!’


The verb get is in the top five of the most common verbs in the English language. Nevertheless, there is still a feeling that almost any use containing get is somewhat informal. No general informal label has been applied to this dictionary entry, but in formal writing it is worth bearing this reservation in mind


  • (as) — as all get out

    • informal To a great or extreme extent.

      ‘he was stubborn as all get out’
      • ‘He looked so smug sitting there, but handsome as all get out.’
      • ‘The team ownership was spectacular, and while many of the promotions were campy as all get out, they never did anything halfway.’
      • ‘He's cute, dead sexy, funny as all get out, smart, single, and he lives 2,000 miles away.’
      • ‘They always get mad as all get out when something happens, too.’
      • ‘It's more of the same syntho new wave, catchy as all get out with Roxie's strong vocals.’
      • ‘Given that folks like him are prolific as all get out, it's tough to know where to start.’
      • ‘She was awkward as all get out, relentlessly drowning in unimportant details and entranced by the most ordinary of things.’
      • ‘I'm descriptive as all get out when it comes to how people speak, but once those words are on paper and there's a grade involved, I turn in to the Prescriptive Grammar Queen.’
      • ‘The musicianship is exciting as all get out, but don't look for warmth.’
      • ‘The image lacks detail and is grainy as all get out.’
  • get in there

    • informal Take positive action to achieve one's aim (often said as an exhortation)

      ‘you get in there son, and you work’
      • ‘Once you educate the people, this will be looked at a lot more as a sport than just getting in there and fighting.’
      • ‘We got in there and once again hit the ground running.’
      • ‘I had people behind me telling I could do it and supporting me, and so I just got in there and worked and I'm thankful for it.’
      • ‘I got in there and didn't allow myself to hold back anything.’
      • ‘Defending Press Freedom meant backing up to the best of my lawful ability a journalist who had got in there and done their job on our behalf.’
      • ‘We got in there with a pen and a pad and started at ground zero.’
      • ‘That's a skill, doing exams, getting in there and reading a question paper and just going for it.’
      • ‘I'm talking about people with manipulative skills, person skills, and a conscience getting in there and pressing the flesh.’
      • ‘Interestingly, I've always started a new career choice by actually getting in there and just doing it, always for free, volunteering, building my skills and experience.’
      • ‘I'm green with envy that Truss actually got in there and wrote a book about it.’
  • get it on

    • 1informal Embark on an activity; get going.

      1. 1.1Have sexual intercourse.
        ‘we were getting it on when someone knocked at the door’
        • ‘You're supposed to be saving lives not getting it on with your roommate.’
        • ‘Looking around, I started to get bored and started thinking about getting it on with my girlfriend the night before.’
        • ‘It's not just that you want to get it on, you want to satisfy an emotional need for intimacy.’
        • ‘Instead, he wore the $5,000 watch that she gave him around town and told everyone that he is getting it on with her.’
        • ‘He mentioned to me a while back about us three fooling around but we never got it on.’
        • ‘People will either find the film endearing and moving or dismiss it as a sappy mess about a couple of old goats getting it on.’
        • ‘You know, there is a lot more to the camp than getting it on with girls.’
        • ‘Guess what Kim; Ritchie got it on with your mate Abby!’
        • ‘When people come in with tragedies about how they aren't getting it on with their lady, he stays cool.’
        • ‘Slater was famously at the same strip club as the actor, when he allegedly got it on with a couple of strippers.’
  • get one's own back

    • informal Have one's revenge; retaliate.

      • ‘But if her husband David gives her a hard time at work, then the mother-of-two gets her own back when they get home.’
      • ‘My one regret is that he retired from the game before I had a chance to get my own back.’
      get one's revenge, have one's revenge, take one's revenge, get one's revenge on, have one's revenge on, take one's revenge on, be revenged, be revenged on, revenge oneself, revenge oneself on, hit back, get back at, get, get even, get even with, even the score, even the score with, settle a score, settle the score, settle accounts, settle accounts with, give as good as one gets, play tit for tat, repay, pay someone back, give someone their just deserts, reciprocate, retaliate, retaliate against, retaliate on, take reprisals, take reprisals against, exact retribution, exact retribution on, let someone see how it feels, give someone a taste of their own medicine
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  • get over oneself

    • informal Stop being conceited or pretentious.

      • ‘Why don't you just get over yourself and explain what is going on.’
      • ‘I suppose I'll just have to get over myself and stop dwelling on what I can't change and change what I can.’
      • ‘You need to get over yourself, and stop acting like the world needs to be perfect.’
      • ‘I wish he would get over himself and stop torturing everyone with his presence.’
      • ‘Then I thought, oh get over yourself, if you don't want to watch it just don't watch it.’
      • ‘So stop being a baby, and get over yourself already.’
      • ‘‘Oh get over yourself,’ I muttered as I looked back at the pages before me.’
      • ‘Don't you think it's about time you got over yourself and tried for once getting along with your dad?’
      • ‘It's not as though we're dating or in love or anything like that, Dude, so get over yourself.’
      • ‘It's time for me to cheer up, and get over myself, isn't it?’
  • getting on for

    • Approaching (a specified time, age, or amount); almost.

      ‘there are getting on for 700 staff’
      • ‘He's getting on for 80 but it doesn't stop him doing anything.’
      • ‘He was a chap who was getting on for 50, I should think, a lieutenant quartermaster, not a fighting man at all, and yet he'd brought up all these rations.’
      • ‘The flat, slowly but surely, had been filling with gas (with me in it) for getting on for fourteen hours.’
      • ‘Still, all that was, frighteningly, getting on for 20 years ago.’
      • ‘The existing reactors are getting on for 30 to 40 years old and shutdown cannot be long delayed.’
      • ‘It's getting on for three weeks since I placed my order and still it hasn't shown up.’
      • ‘But the turbines are, by their very nature, big - getting on for 300 ft tall.’
      • ‘At that rate, given current housing densities that could mean getting on for 500 affordable homes included in the development.’
      • ‘I have not seen any use as a haulage yard for getting on for two years.’
      • ‘The heavy-duty spoked wheels are getting on for 1m across, some broken, but many intact and some even still attached to their axles.’
      roughly, about, around, just about, round about, or so, or thereabouts, more or less, in the neighbourhood of, in the region of, in the area of, in the vicinity of, of the order of, something like, give or take, give or take a few, in round numbers, rounded down, rounded up
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  • get someone with child

    • archaic Make a woman pregnant.

      • ‘But since it is they who get us with child, don't you think they should cooperate?’
      • ‘Maybe if you had got her with child, you could have forced her into a marriage.’
      • ‘Lucio's banter with two gentlemen is interrupted by Mistress Overdone's announcement that Claudio is being carried off to prison for getting Juliet with child.’
      • ‘She tricked your father back when he was still Dante Cleis, and had him get her with child.’
      make pregnant, get pregnant, inseminate, fertilize
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Phrasal Verbs

  • get something across

    • Manage to communicate an idea clearly.

      • ‘While English may be his second language, he managed to get that point across loud and clear.’
      • ‘Last night he came across as hesitant and defensive, unable to get his points across clearly.’
      • ‘Back on the streets, Chad encountered a few kids with skateboards and managed to get our intentions across to them.’
      • ‘He clearly got the message across, because soon afterwards a listener, Adriana, rang the station to say he had won her vote.’
      • ‘It's a good way to learn how to get your ideas across to someone who potentially doesn't know what you're talking about, and isn't interested anyway.’
      • ‘They must be able to communicate effectively in order to motivate others and get their ideas across.’
      • ‘It was a simple statement, but it got the point across quite clearly.’
      • ‘The whole idea of getting the message across through animals and relationships with people is full of subtlety.’
      • ‘Have I managed to get it across how much I love this song?’
      • ‘We help people express things more clearly, get their ideas across while learning a bit more about the structure of the English language.’
      communicate, get over, put over, impart, convey, transmit, make understood, make clear, express
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  • get ahead

    • Become successful in one's life or career.

      • ‘Older people would entrench themselves in their positions, while juniors would fester with no real hope of getting ahead.’
      • ‘Rumor has it she resorted using the charms to get ahead in both her career and her love life.’
      • ‘The interrelationships among colleagues became clouded with behaviors aimed at getting ahead at any price.’
      • ‘It identifies those most likely to get ahead and to be more successful in their working careers.’
      • ‘Two news stories on the same day: One tells about a group of Americans falling behind, the other about a group getting ahead.’
      • ‘Have you dedicated the last ten years to getting ahead in your career and the rewards that come with that?’
      • ‘People are working weekends; they're working two jobs, three jobs, and they're still not getting ahead.’
      • ‘All women need to get ahead and be successful is their own determination!’
      • ‘Everyone I know or knew growing up seems to be fixated on getting ahead faster, graduating earlier and making more money speedily.’
      • ‘One in four parents believe that a good education is essential in getting ahead in life.’
      prosper, flourish, thrive, do well, get on well
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  • get along

    • 1Have a harmonious or friendly relationship.

      ‘they seem to get along pretty well’
      be friendly, be on friendly terms, be in harmony, be compatible, get on, feel a rapport
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    • 2Manage to live or survive.

      ‘don't worry, we'll get along without you’
      • ‘She got along fine in her other courses, only sometimes she worried just how ‘fine’ is good enough for universities over in Ontario.’
      • ‘People were always asking me how I lived, but one never knows, one gets along… Certain people helped me.’
      • ‘The churches should, in fact, be avoiding triumphalistic claims about how well they have managed things and/or how poorly everyone else is getting along.’
      • ‘So far nearly a month and a half had passed since the accident and despite her worries, Tony and Savana were getting along very well.’
      • ‘She was more worried about him getting along in the ‘real world’.’
      • ‘Close to home, Ontario farmers are fed up with going along to get along.’
      • ‘As they scramble from one temporary residence to another, they manage to get along, and in the process fall in love.’
      • ‘His best friend and golf partner had gone with him, so they didn't have to worry about how he was getting along.’
      • ‘Despite a killer idea, Magna could not seem to get along, even with the seemingly competent Bren as project manager.’
      • ‘You know how in some jobs you can coast through the ups and downs and just kind of go along to get along?’
      fare, manage, progress, advance, get on, do, cope, survive, muddle along, muddle through
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      1. 2.1British informal in imperativeUsed to express scepticism or disbelief or to tell someone to go away.
        ‘oh, get along with you!’
  • get at

    • 1Reach or gain access to (something)

      ‘it's difficult to get at the screws’
      • ‘The inner tube was difficult to get at because the tyre itself was stuck to the wheel rim.’
      • ‘Losing a hard drive, or maybe scratching a CD can make getting at your data pretty difficult if not impossible.’
      • ‘It's bolted to the bottom of the chassis, and you'll need to undo those bolts to get at the screws holding the hoses on.’
      • ‘In an effort to get at some difficult truths, reporters and writers have at times resorted to unconventional and controversial practices.’
      • ‘It was possible to actually reach in and get at the components of your engine.’
      • ‘I use an old toothbrush to get at those hard to reach areas.’
      • ‘I want machines with easy access so I can get at parts that need fixing.’
      • ‘Others are positioned in between capacitors, or up against connectors, and are generally difficult to get at after the board has been installed.’
      • ‘Not only is truth the first casualty of war, it's also difficult to get at after the guns have been silent.’
      • ‘Mrs Allan said it was mine now, but she could not let me have it as it was at the back of the garage which was difficult to get at.’
      access, gain access to, get to, reach, touch
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      1. 1.1Bribe or unfairly influence (someone)
        ‘he had been got at by government officials’
        • ‘It occurs to me that any of those seven judges could have been got at.’
        • ‘So there are these faceless men there in Reykjavik, and it affects the American side too because they begin to be affected by this and they wonder whether they're being got at in some way.’
        corrupt, suborn, influence, bribe, buy off, pay off
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    • 2Imply (something)

      ‘I can see what you're getting at’
      • ‘It's a curious image and I guess this is what you're getting at when you suggest that we are natural born cyborgs?’
      • ‘What I'm getting at, Paige, is that I suggested to her a nanny, a nanny who had children herself, who would be a good influence on her daughter.’
      • ‘I'm not quite sure what you're getting at now, are you suggesting that loads of different people are writing stories for the series?’
      • ‘There was a message from Joan, and one from George, who was implying something that she wasn't getting at.’
      • ‘This gets at what ethical egoists intend, while skirting the issue of constraints on moral theories.’
      • ‘And, just in case you can't work out what I'm getting at, I would appreciate all suggestions.’
      • ‘I knew what he was getting at, but his intentions and the meaning of his suggestion seemed lost among the others.’
      • ‘What Bearden was getting at remains an unsolved issue in interpreting his work.’
      • ‘You would be hard pressed to not have someone that doesn't know what point I am getting at or trying to allude to.’
      • ‘I do hope you know what I am getting at, and see the little hints of the things that they are doing to each other.’
      imply, suggest, intimate, insinuate, hint, mean, intend, lead up to, drive at, allude to
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    • 3Criticize (someone) subtly and repeatedly.

      ‘I hope you didn't think I was getting at you’
      • ‘After foot-and-mouth, farmers were seen as victims, traumatised, impoverished and generally got at.’
      • ‘Why am I being got at by these TV people for just doing the stuff that all my mates do day in day out.’
      • ‘Keane has improved his aggression in the past few seasons, and I think that is one thing critics can not get at him for.’
      criticize, pick on, find fault with, carp at, nag
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  • get away

    • 1Escape.

      ‘the robbers got away with £6,000’
      • ‘The killer surely must have thought he had got away scot free by now.’
      • ‘He struggled to stop the man getting at the money, but the robber was too strong, and managed to get away.’
      • ‘Detectives said they believed at least two of the men got away in the van and a third may have escaped on foot.’
      • ‘His accomplice that night got away scot free; after all, Lorraine was only 13 at the time.’
      • ‘He said the robbers got away in a car which had been stolen earlier and was later found burned out.’
      • ‘He was challenged by a neighbour as he fled and there was a brief struggle, but the robber managed to get away.’
      • ‘Youngsters riding dangerously on stolen motorbikes on an estate are getting away scot free, according to a motorcycling enthusiast.’
      • ‘In reality he usually gets away by slipping through the cracks.’
      • ‘With difficulty I managed to destroy two of them, but the rest got away, or so I thought.’
      • ‘By the time they followed him into the next road he had accelerated and disappeared trying to get away.’
      escape, run away, run off, get out, break out, break free, get free, break loose, make a break for it, bolt, flee, fly, take flight, make off, take off, decamp, abscond, take to one's heels, make a escape, make one's escape, make good one's escape, make a getaway, make one's getaway, beat a hasty retreat, show a clean pair of heels, run for it, make a run for it
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    • 2in imperativeSaid to express disbelief or scepticism.

      • ‘Get away, Wilma, what would you know?’
      • ‘Get away with you: buskers are racket-mongerers not street entertainers.’
      • ‘Get away. You're winding me up.’
  • get away with

    • Escape blame, punishment, or undesirable consequences for (an act that is wrong or mistaken)

      ‘if he thinks he can get away with cheating me, he's very much mistaken’
      • ‘He's very obedient, with the result that he somehow gets away with never lifting a finger or buying anything for the house.’
      • ‘There are some who might think it clever to get away with not paying council tax.’
      • ‘Their attitude is that they will charge the public for anything they can get away with.’
      • ‘Now your average hairdresser will use the cheapest shampoo they can get away with.’
      • ‘The effect on her character development if she gets away with blaming him will actually be much worse.’
      • ‘It should not be thought that by getting away with such conduct punishment will not follow.’
      • ‘I was probably just using this as an excuse for getting away with something naughty.’
      • ‘He got away with so much for so long and he has lived with this for 27 years and hurt so many people.’
      • ‘The view was that they only wanted to do the absolute minimum possible they could get away with.’
      • ‘For years fund management houses have been getting away with truly awful performance an aggrieved response.’
      escape blame for, escape punishment for
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  • get back at

    • Take revenge on (someone).

      • ‘When he has the orbs, he finally has the ability to get back at all the people he thinks harmed him, and is just completely driven by hate.’
      • ‘I won't say it was revenge exactly, but it was almost like a way of getting back at all the misleading books that had sent me down blind alleys over Shakespeare.’
      • ‘Ryan told me he saw that kid, Will, coming down the hall that I was trying to get back at.’
      • ‘Before, he had come here for revenge; to get back at those who had destroyed his life.’
      • ‘After all I'd done for them I was obsessed with getting back at them.’
      • ‘He has spent most of the season getting back at all the teams that laughed at him last year.’
      • ‘He signed away all claims to Doris's fortune but got back at her exactly where it hurt.’
      • ‘I just sit there and jot down all of the people whom you are getting back at.’
      • ‘It was his way of getting back at all those people who hurt him so much after all those years.’
      • ‘He gives me an evil look like he's cooking up a revenge plan to get back at me.’
      take revenge on, be revenged on, exact revenge on, wreak revenge on, get one's revenge on, avenge oneself on, take vengeance on, get even with, settle a score with, settle the score with, pay back, pay out, retaliate against, retaliate on, get back at, take reprisals against, exact retribution on, give someone their just deserts, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicine
      take revenge on, be revenged on, exact revenge on, wreak revenge on, get one's revenge on, avenge oneself on, take vengeance on, get even with, settle a score with, settle the score with, pay back, pay out, retaliate against, retaliate on, take reprisals against, exact retribution on, let someone see how it feels, give someone their just deserts, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicine, give as good as one gets
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  • get back to

    • Contact (someone) later to give a reply or return a message.

      ‘I'll find out and get back to you’
      • ‘The last point of contact still hasn't got back to me so I'll be hassling them tonight.’
      • ‘As promised I'm getting back to you with our response which is officially No Comment.’
      • ‘I found out yesterday that the valuer finally got back to the building society with his recommendations.’
      • ‘The councillor said he felt let down by the council as the officers should have got back to him sooner.’
      • ‘The support contact is a friendly enough person - he gets back to me quickly and seems genuinely interested in helping me out.’
      come back to
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  • get by

    • Manage with difficulty to live or accomplish something.

      ‘he had just enough money to get by’
      • ‘He's somehow managed to get by without being eliminated, but his number looks likely to be up very soon.’
      • ‘While some have taken Korean classes and have done quite well, others have plodded along getting by with a litany of stock phrases and vocabulary.’
      • ‘We knew it would be a difficult season, and basically we did enough to get by.’
      • ‘They leave these matters to others and get by somehow, often living from hand to mouth, day to day.’
      • ‘As a twentysomething student living at home in Dublin, he could get by on little money.’
      • ‘He is grateful for the company but it will be difficult to get by without his family.’
      • ‘How on earth do we get by, living, as we do, amid the exhausted projects of modernity?’
      • ‘When he couldn't cope, he simply locked his house and came here with his wife and four daughters hoping to make some money instead of just getting by.’
      • ‘Well, people got by through various technical loopholes.’
      • ‘I'd cleaned the house thoroughly early in the day and Dolly and I had managed to get by with only minimal mess.’
      manage, cope, survive, exist, subsist, muddle along, muddle through, scrape along, scrape by, scrape through, make ends meet, get on, get along, make do, barely have enough to live on, scarcely have enough to live on, keep the wolf from the door, keep one's head above water, scrimp, scrape a living
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  • get down

    • Dance energetically.

      ‘get down and party!’
      • ‘I braved five different dance classes to get the lowdown on getting down.’
      • ‘We were getting down on the dance floor when the song changed and Joe disappeared.’
      • ‘Check out Scooby getting down and funky on the dance floor.’
      • ‘Is that John getting down with Bess on the dance floor?’
      • ‘It's a Calypso gathering, you just wanna get down low and have a mad party and dance in the sun.’
  • get someone down

    • Depress or demoralize someone.

      • ‘When the world you're living in is getting you down, escape into another world with a good book.’
      • ‘His wife later told police: ‘Things came one after another and it got him down.’’
      • ‘It got me down though I don't think I'm of a depressive disposition.’
      • ‘Is all of this spring's rainy, gloomy weather getting you down?’
      • ‘If the stresses of running a family farm operation are getting you down, help is available.’
      • ‘It was terribly lonely and it really got me down after a bit.’
      • ‘He never lets anything get him down but this has really upset him.’
      • ‘‘It's upsetting and it really gets me down,’ she said.’
      • ‘Living in a loft is getting us down; we are both really depressed by it.’
      • ‘If working from nine to five is getting you down and you feel the need to inject a little excitement into your life, then this could be just the job for you.’
      depress, make sad, sadden, make unhappy, cast down, make gloomy, make despondent, dispirit
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  • get something down

    • 1Write something down.

      • ‘We're not really writing songs but just getting ideas down as fast as we can before we forget them.’
      • ‘Oh, I wasn't writing anything special, just getting my thoughts down on paper…’
      • ‘He continued to write but getting the words down on to the page became increasingly difficult.’
      • ‘No, you don't have to recopy it or write slowly so that it's perfectly legible just get it down, okay?’
      • ‘A / N: Well I just have this story bugging my mind so I have to get it down on ‘paper’ or into writing now before I forget my ideas.’
      • ‘I thought being a writer meant you had to sit down everyday and write, confront the blank page or screen and get something down.’
      • ‘We will help you get your ideas down onto paper with our powerful research function.’
      • ‘When you write for an audience, you get your thoughts down on paper, seek feedback and revise extensively.’
      • ‘It was the urgency of getting something down, I'm sure, that made him write these as prose.’
      • ‘I never know what to write and even if I can get something down, a few months down the line I look back and think why did I write that?’
    • 2Swallow food or drink, especially with difficulty.

      • ‘I think he was trying to say no, but he couldn't talk because he was trying to get his food down.’
      • ‘But the children only ever want convenience food so they can get it down and get out to play as quickly as they can.’
      • ‘Maybe on pure habit of swallowing, but he got the water down.’
      • ‘Finally getting the food down, I stared at Andy.’
      • ‘It took me a little longer to get these drinks down, but I managed just fine.’
      • ‘I have been trying to catch up on sleep and get some food down me and spend time with my mum.’
      • ‘He made a coughing, sputtering sound and seemed to have had trouble swallowing, but got it down nonetheless.’
      • ‘I was terrified but I didn't dare say I hadn't eaten them before and with some difficulty got them down.’
      • ‘I know if I eat more calories, I'll put on more mass, but I just can't seem to get the food down.’
      • ‘He was sick and the vet had recommended baby food to help him get some medicine down.’
      drink, swallow, gulp, gulp down, guzzle, slurp, attack, down, drink down, drink up, force down, get down, finish off, polish off, drain, empty, imbibe, have, take, partake of, ingest, consume, sup, sip, lap
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  • get down to

    • Begin to do or give serious attention to.

      ‘let's get down to business’
      • ‘Thankfully, once we got down to business it was all fairly cursory.’
      • ‘Hadn't we known all about these rate rise fears long before we got down to the serious business of the millennium festivities?’
      • ‘Then we got down to some serious discussions on the one that was missed.’
      • ‘Once the food had been ordered and pleasantries were out of the way, we got down to business.’
      • ‘As the sun came out everyone got down to some serious fishing.’
      • ‘Astor got down to more serious business the following afternoon.’
      • ‘When Wednesday's meeting finally got down to business, the format of a grand prix weekend was a cause for concern.’
      • ‘With the first competitive match of the season out of the way, both sides got down to business immediately in this clash.’
      • ‘He and I shared a few chef stories before we got down to the business of barbecuing.’
      • ‘Amy blasted the music and we sang for a bit, but then got down to some serious talking.’
      begin, start, make a start on, go about, set about, set to, get to work on, get going on, embark on, tackle, attack, address oneself to, buckle down to, undertake
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  • get in

    • 1(of a train, aircraft, or other transport) arrive at its destination.

      • ‘I've not really seen much of it as the train only got in at nine after a delay somewhere around Dusseldorf.’
      • ‘I'm a bit disappointed that my flight out is mid Friday afternoon, which allowing for time differences gets in at 8pm.’
      • ‘What if the train gets in too late and the tube isn't running?’
    • 2(of a political party or candidate) be elected.

      • ‘It really doesn't make any difference whether the Labour Party gets in or the Conservative Party.’
      • ‘However, it is not correct to say that if a racist party gets in, it is the fault of non-voters, and that they had won by default.’
      • ‘If the Labor party gets in, it is almost certain that she will be far more influential than she would ever have been just sitting on the balance of power.’
      • ‘In the end, (in my honest opinion) the best possible candidates on a local and national scale got in.’
      • ‘And I missed Worsley - Labour got in with over 50%’
      • ‘In 2002, he got in with a clean 50% of the vote (a Libertarian candidate pulled 4%).’
      • ‘For the record, even though I didn't vote for him, I think he will get in with an increased majority.’
      • ‘Making it tough for new parties to get in is fine, but it shouldn't be impossible.’
  • get in on

    • Become involved in (a profitable or exciting activity).

      • ‘Now, you may be thinking, this sounds like the sort of project he would get in on.’
      • ‘I want to get in on that now before they bid up the price of the income stocks to levels that won't yield as much income.’
      • ‘The competition was not all for students - teachers also got in on the act when they competed in a 100-meter dash.’
      • ‘Remember when you were just around the corner from realising love was a game you wanted to get in on?’
      • ‘Libraries have also been getting in on the act with book quizzes and other activities to help youngsters experience the magic of reading.’
      • ‘One of the ways framers can get in on the profits is to set up a festive frame shop.’
      • ‘I'll be ringing them first thing tomorrow to get in on all that sweet interviewing action.’
      • ‘Several local firms also got in on the act, by donating prizes.’
      • ‘Now large insurers have begun getting in on what many consider to be the future of health insurance.’
      • ‘Women got in on the act as well, becoming standard bearers for their gender and icons to a generation.’
  • get in with

    • Become friendly with (someone), especially in order to gain an advantage.

      ‘I hope he doesn't get in with the wrong crowd’
      • ‘‘I got in with a crowd of great people and acquired a taste for champagne, clubs and restaurants,’ she says of her time in London.’
      • ‘He was more than a little annoyed at Matt for destroying his chances of getting in with what was obviously the ‘in’ crowd.’
      • ‘But it wasn't long before she got in with the wrong crowd, keen to ingratiate herself with her peers, and befriended the bullies themselves.’
      • ‘She told how Donna had been a ‘lovely girl’ but then got in with a bad crowd.’
      • ‘When he was about 15, he got in with a new group of friends and after many arguments decided to leave home.’
      • ‘He got in with the wrong group at senior school and they introduced him to drink.’
      • ‘I got in with people that were a lot older than me, and were into alcohol and drugs.’
      • ‘I got in with a runaway crowd, and they took care of me.’
      • ‘The guys he got in with were not your usual drug ridden thieves they were professional hard men, they carried guns.’
      • ‘People always say if you get in with the Scottish people, they'll be fiercely committed to you, and we really saw that, it was a very special vibe.’
      worm one's way into, work one's way into, ingratiate oneself with, curry favour with
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  • get off

    • 1Escape a punishment; be acquitted.

      ‘you'll get off with a caution’
      • ‘Derek somehow managed to get off with only community service.’
      • ‘Since there are no eyewitnesses to the killing and Richard claims it was an accident, he may get off with only a few years in jail.’
      • ‘In fact its believed that up to 60% of current Green Mile inmates would get off with a life sentence if investigated properly.’
      • ‘In practice, most people caught with small amounts of cannabis will get off with a warning.’
      • ‘I was surprised, and I thought he might even get off with that defense.’
      • ‘Whenever they are caught they seem to get off with little or no punishment at all and just end up laughing at the system.’
      • ‘He confessed to police and was lucky to get off with a bond.’
      • ‘Meanwhile those responsible for the workers' misery and the trade in human beings seem to get off lightly - once again.’
      • ‘While most get off with a warning, there is at least one case of dismissal.’
      • ‘Straight up spammers tend to get off with ‘light’ fines in the thousands as opposed to jail time.’
      • ‘I just act polite and a bit contrite and seem to get off with warnings, always.’
      escape punishment, be acquitted, be absolved, be cleared, be exonerated, be exculpated, be declared innocent, be found innocent, be vindicated
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    • 2Go to sleep, especially after some difficulty.

      • ‘I eventually got off to sleep amid the jungle noises.’
      • ‘I finally got off to sleep, and was having a wonderful dream about tidal waves when the lights and television suddenly turned themselves back on.’
      • ‘If alcohol is used to aid getting off to sleep there could be a problem.’
      • ‘I'd just got off to sleep when my dogs started barking at about 12.30 am.’
      • ‘If you've had a bad night, resist the temptation to sleep in the next day - it will make it harder to get off to sleep the following night.’
      • ‘It's gentle patter actually helps me get off to sleep.’
      • ‘Frequent fliers overseas often carry a medication called temazepam, which helps them get off to sleep quickly.’
      • ‘You'll be glad for good communication when she gets older and her problems are bigger than being fed or getting off to sleep.’
      • ‘I'm so tired, as I got home really late last night and then couldn't get off to sleep.’
      • ‘Primary insomnia we say is when you have a problem getting off to sleep, or maintaining sleep, for at least one month.’
    • 3Have a sexual encounter.

      ‘Linda got off with the ski instructor’
      • ‘In case you don't know the play, the deal is this: middle class Bassanio wants to get off with Portia, an upper class lady.’
      • ‘Maybe Beau will get really drunk and think you're a girl so you can get off with him!’
      • ‘But our image is of two idiots beating each other up while trying to get off with women.’
      • ‘Antonio gives his half to the man who got off with Shylock's daughter.’
      • ‘Look at him calling a phone sex line, not looking to get off, but just wanting somebody to talk to.’
      • ‘And every once in a while he would get off with one of them.’
      • ‘If you want to get off with your doctor, change lists and find out what he does in his spare time.’
      • ‘Their motive is to give wild parties and get off with girls.’
      • ‘I can't stand the Arena, a load of drunken bald men trying to get off with you - and that's only at half ten!’
      • ‘The hope is that when they are 60 they can still get off with a tasty blonde in her early twenties.’
    • 4Have an orgasm.

  • get off on

    • Be excited or aroused by (something)

      ‘he was obviously getting off on the adrenaline of performing before the crowd’
      • ‘In fact, I love it when my partner gets off on what I wear: it turns me on to know that I am turning him on.’
      • ‘It's a bit different, but it has lots of nerdy functions that we're getting off on.’
      • ‘He was really getting off on that, but that wasn't the main event.’
      • ‘I think they kind of got off on being bossed around.’
      • ‘If you ask me, I think he kind of gets off on all the stories I tell him.’
      • ‘Does your opinionated columnist get off on that?’
      • ‘What I get off on though is people's reaction to the film.’
      • ‘From here on in, the band clearly get off on the audience's excitement, and it's a proper gig.’
      • ‘It's a play about actors, and I think our own actors get off on that because it's not often you get a chance to explore it in that way.’
      • ‘Most of what I get off on when watching a band is their interactions.’
      enjoy, have a taste for, have a preference for, have a liking for, have a weakness for, be partial to, delight in, find pleasure in, take pleasure in, be keen on, find agreeable, derive pleasure from, be pleased by, have a penchant for, have a passion for, derive satisfaction from, find enjoyable, take to, appreciate
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  • get on

    • 1Perform or make progress in a specified way.

      ‘how are you getting on?’
      • ‘It was interesting to know how things were getting on with her and her life.’
      • ‘I suppose I was selfish, in that everything was geared towards getting on in my career.’
      • ‘I'm just a pilot trying to get on in my career, so suddenly I find myself with very little to move on to.’
      • ‘She then chatted informally to students asking them how they were getting on in their different courses.’
      • ‘And we were supposed to go to loads of meetings to tell them how we were getting on.’
      • ‘And even though they had since stopped attending the meetings, members still met up informally at a local pub on a regular basis to chat about how they were getting on.’
      • ‘An hour later, my mother arrived to see how I was getting on.’
      • ‘Although rivalry was intense between the two clubs, she always showed an interest in how my children were getting on and always asked after them.’
      • ‘Derek came over to see how we were getting on with our repairs.’
      • ‘Sirka did as she was instructed, and with the help of Aden, she managed to get on.’
      fare, manage, progress, advance, get on, do, cope, survive, muddle along, muddle through
      fare, manage, progress, advance, get along, do, cope, survive, muddle along, muddle through
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      1. 1.1Continue doing something, especially after an interruption.
        ‘I've got to get on with this job’
        • ‘The Scot hardly spent any time planning or visualising the climb ahead, preferring just to get on with it.’
        • ‘We value time, we are pressed to get on with the job, to deliver the goods, to increase productivity.’
        • ‘He said it was important that the very busy base now had to get on with day-to-day life and continue its vital role.’
        • ‘There is nothing I can do but get on with things, push as hard as possible and hope our strategists got things right.’
        • ‘Let the experts get on with governing the institutions, and let the government stick to its business.’
        • ‘Writers could avoid being interrupted in these narrow rooms and could get on with their work.’
        • ‘Kimi just looks politely bored, waiting to get on with his interrupted conversation.’
        • ‘I continue to urge all concerned to focus and get on with the tasks at hand.’
        • ‘It was time to get on with several aspirations that I'd been consistently pushing to one side for several years.’
        • ‘We can discuss things, but he gets on with his job and I get on with mine.’
        continue, proceed, go ahead, carry on, go on, keep on, press on, push on, press ahead, persist, persevere
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      2. 1.2British Be successful in one's life or career.
    • 2Have a harmonious or friendly relationship.

      ‘they seem to get on pretty well’
      • ‘I wouldn't say we're best friends, but we get on well - both on and off the golf course.’
      • ‘Always devoted to his work, he was a friendly man, and got on well with all his people.’
      • ‘I get on pretty well with all the sprinters, despite the fact that we go head to head with each other on a day-to-day basis.’
      • ‘The players get on pretty well with each other and no-one likes to see anyone shoved out of the door.’
      • ‘He is very friendly and loving and gets on with other dogs so could be homed with a family who have a dog already.’
      • ‘Although we didn't have much in common, we got on like old friends.’
      • ‘She was a very pleasant and friendly lady and got on well in her job.’
      • ‘Some weeks later I ran into the geology professor, a friendly person that I got on well with.’
      • ‘It is a very friendly club and everyone gets on well with each other.’
      • ‘We got on well and remained friends after I left Oxford.’
      be friendly, be on friendly terms, be in harmony, be compatible, get along, feel a rapport
      be friendly, be on friendly terms, be in harmony, be compatible, get on, feel a rapport
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    • 3Be old or comparatively old.

      ‘we are both getting on a bit’
      • ‘In 1949, when he was getting on in years, he took a party on a tour of historic sights.’
      • ‘The couple said they were getting on, and they thought they'd better move near their daughter so she could look after them.’
      • ‘Therefore, most participants were getting on in years.’
      • ‘It was the solace of women who were getting on in years - the plain gold band on the ring finger.’
      • ‘Dad had been an alderman for the City and chairman of the Ratepayers' Association, but they were getting on in years by then.’
      • ‘Kostya's getting on in age, has had a great career and is ready to enjoy the fruits of his success with his family.’
      • ‘It's hard to know, but I was in my 30s and some of the other were getting on too, but it's hard to say.’
  • get on to

    • Make contact with (someone) about a particular topic.

      • ‘I got in contact with Guinness in Dublin and they got on to their reps in California and the tap was installed.’
      • ‘The company got on to Airtours in Manchester and explained the problem.’
      • ‘So, I got on to a local man, pleaded with him to make a site visit as soon as he could, do the necessary calculations and give us a way forward.’
      • ‘He said any victim who wanted to seek advice could contact him in Wexford or get on to any other Right of Place branch.’
      • ‘In this way I got on to various people who he hadn't had any time for but I quite liked.’
      contact, get in touch with, communicate with, make contact with, reach, be in communication with
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  • get out

    • 1(of something previously secret) become known.

      ‘news got out that we were coming’
      • ‘It could subject the consumer to all sorts of problems if it got out, from identity theft to job discrimination.’
      • ‘Word got out and eventually even the local realtors refused to return their calls.’
      • ‘She mentally whispered the last part, as if she didn't want her secret getting out.’
      • ‘He touches on the territorialism that occurs when the local's secret gets out and a treasure is discovered by the outside world.’
      • ‘If this kind of news gets out, civil servants will be queuing up for a transfer.’
      • ‘Property prices have dropped since the news got out and people are annoyed, verging on being angry.’
      • ‘But everybody knows amongst us there are no secrets and the word soon gets out!’
      • ‘Brian made a lot of money and feared that if the truth got out, he'd be ruined, so he did the next best thing.’
      • ‘What use would his long-haul flights be if news of that scheme gets out among potential tourists?’
      • ‘We met with the organisers the day before our wedding and somehow word got out.’
    • 2in imperativeUsed to express disbelief.

      ‘get out, you're a liar’
      • ‘On second thought, Congressional genius? Get out of here.’
  • get something out

    • 1Succeed in uttering, publishing, or releasing something.

      ‘we're keen to get a record out’
      • ‘Even in the age of convergence, this is still an essential component to getting out the news.’
      • ‘After many overtime hours trying to get financial reports out, I discovered that my right arm became increasing impossible to move.’
      • ‘It's a wonder any books get published at all, what with the lack of interest that publishing companies show in getting them out into the world.’
      • ‘But we didn't really have it together in terms of ever getting a record out or anything.’
      • ‘The sound system is in place, entertainment bookings are underway, and the word is getting out.’
      • ‘In the midst of getting our new record out, we're trying to put together a ‘tour EP’ for vinyl release in Europe and CD release in Japan.’
      • ‘‘The sooner they get the actual reports out and discuss them the better,’ he said.’
      • ‘We are going to make sure that the news gets out to players of all rankings.’
      • ‘Part of this is simply due to the rush to get products out in an ever-tightening release cycle.’
      • ‘I have watched that market with amazement and have solidly resisted efforts of my Chinese publishing friends to get my book out in Chinese.’
    • 2Succeed in solving or finishing a puzzle or mathematical problem.

      • ‘I've got it out! I've got the answer to the slow neutron business.’
      become known, become common knowledge, become apparent, come to light, emerge, transpire, materialize, prove to be the case
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  • get out of

    • Contrive to avoid or escape (a duty or responsibility)

      ‘they wanted to get out of paying’
      • ‘Every time they think they've got out of the contract, they get pulled back in again.’
      • ‘I don't remember what I said, but I made some excuse to get out of going.’
      • ‘We went into business together once, but it didn't work out the way we hoped and we got out of it.’
      evade, dodge, shirk, slide out of, avoid, escape, sidestep
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  • get something out of

    • Achieve benefit from (an undertaking or exercise)

      ‘everyone who took part in the course got a lot out of it’
      • ‘On the other hand, I got a lot out of the book's part about South America and the Middle East.’
      • ‘‘It's been extremely well received and the pupils have got a lot out of it,’ she said.’
      • ‘It sounds very sad but I got a real kick out of that.’
      • ‘Now I try to ride the crest of the wave more, but I got a lot out of almost drowning a few times.’
      • ‘It's a great programme and I've got a lot out of the readings and assignments from my previous papers.’
      • ‘Of course she got something out of it, but it wasn't money.’
      • ‘I also got a good reference out of the course and it showed me how to write my own CV, something I would never have done before.’
      • ‘And I presume one would test that by asking whether the company got any benefit out of the loan?’
      • ‘I really get a buzz out of someone achieving something, it's great when you see them finally do it.’
      • ‘Not a lot of dancing going on here but I guarantee that the people that want to put a lot of effort into an exercise class in the pool will get huge benefits out of it.’
  • get over

    • 1Recover from (an ailment or an upsetting or startling experience)

      ‘the trip will help him get over Sal's death’
      • ‘For the children who survived the tsunami, painting what they saw and experienced is one way of getting over the trauma.’
      • ‘I've gone through a very similar experience that I'm just getting over.’
      • ‘We just have to put it down to experience, get over it and get the necessary points required.’
      • ‘The girl got over her shock and started laughing and other people joined in aware that she was unharmed.’
      • ‘He took to the rinks again in 2001 to help him get over the death of his wife and to aid his recovery from a heart attack.’
      • ‘I know from personal experience that you never ever really get over this awful loss in your family.’
      • ‘It's horrible to have to get over a loss like the one you've experienced, but people do it all the time.’
      • ‘I went a few years ago and I haven't yet got over the experience.’
      • ‘People get over all sorts of disabilities and recover from all sorts of things.’
      • ‘He wants to play more to help him get over the most painful loss that he had experienced.’
      recover from, recuperate from, get better after, pull through, shrug off, survive, come round from
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    • 2Overcome (a difficulty).

      • ‘The Premier admitted that there were areas in their discussions where they had differences, but they got over it.’
      • ‘After all, the country has still not quite got over the riots.’
      • ‘The montage serves to show Josey's difficulty in getting over, or at least learning to live with, what happened earlier.’
      • ‘Countries that experience this level of violence usually take decades to get over it.’
      • ‘We talk a lot about my difficulties with conversation and she suggests strategies for getting over them, some of which are more useful than others.’
      • ‘And I do think it's time I got over my obsessive need to pay on time, and in full.’
      • ‘Joan got over this desperate drawback by slipping off to the library.’
      • ‘Jake hadn't been entirely pleased when Brian had been the one to help solve the case but he got over it.’
      • ‘Luckily she didn't make them and they got over their fears.’
      • ‘How you got over your troubles does not necessarily provide an insight into another's plight.’
      overcome, surmount, prevail over, triumph over, get the better of, master
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  • get something over

    • 1Manage to communicate an idea or theory.

      • ‘We have to get the message over that to drop litter is anti-social behaviour.’
      • ‘I haven't the guts to say I'm not interested, but at least I got my message over that I'm working hard for A-Levels.’
      • ‘Though his facial expressions were usually enough to get the joke over, he occasionally punctuated his gags with imaginative effects.’
      • ‘You know I was the first in space, not these astronauts, but I couldn't get the ideas over to the people.’
      • ‘Re-making of subtitled horror films is just a way of getting a decent idea over to a lazy demographic that studios want to make some money off of.’
      • ‘Textbooks aim to get ideas over so that graduates are capable of understanding the technical literature.’
      • ‘He always was a canny operator with the press and he quickly got his point over to them.’
      • ‘Communicating with players, getting a simple message over, inspiring a passion; all are part of it, but not the whole.’
      communicate, get across, put over, impart, convey, transmit, make understood, make clear, express
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    • 2Complete an unpleasant or tedious but necessary task promptly.

      ‘come on, let's get it over with’
      • ‘Just ignore all those eyes and concentrate on getting it over with.’
      • ‘So while that's a very scary prospect so soon it's a better idea to get it over and done with.’
      • ‘Is this a good idea or should I just get the exams over and done with all at once?’
      • ‘While this often seems like a good way of speeding up a painful process and getting it over with, it is certainly no aid to communication or good public speaking.’
      • ‘Although stunned by the lurid colour scheme and her unfamiliar surroundings, Lanette quickly managed to regain her senses, and decided to get this whole thing over and done with.’
      • ‘The overloaded judges are often more interested in getting the trial over with than in determining the guilt or innocence of the defendant.’
      • ‘We have deliberately chosen to depart from this tradition in the interests of getting these painful necessities over quickly and without visual distraction.’
      • ‘I think the local community wanted to get this anniversary over and done with and then decide on what they'll do.’
      • ‘Now my mind was made up I wanted to do this and get it over and done with.’
      • ‘The voters who did go to the polls seemed to be in a frame of mind which said, ‘OK, let's get it over - one more time, but you'd better deliver.’’
  • get round

    • 1Coax or persuade (someone) to do or allow something that they initially do not want to.

      ‘you're not getting round me that easily’
      • ‘Her hope was that by convincing her mother to allow her to go, she would thus get around her father.’
      • ‘You're not getting round me that easily.’
      • ‘I know how to get around you and get my way now!’
      cajole, persuade, wheedle, coax, manoeuvre, prevail on, win someone over, bring someone round, sway, beguile, blarney, flatter, seduce, lure, entice, charm, tempt, inveigle, induce, influence, woo
      cajole, persuade, wheedle, coax, manoeuvre, prevail on, win someone over, bring someone round, sway, beguile, blarney, flatter, seduce, lure, entice, charm, tempt, inveigle, induce, influence, woo
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    • 2Deal successfully with (a problem).

      • ‘This is a potential political disaster for the administration unless it gets around and deals with this issue effectively.’
      • ‘There has been some largely successful effort put into getting around the aforementioned level problem.’
      • ‘Since there are no fuel tanks, the systems allow designers to get around the need to put complex tank venting systems on their spacecraft.’
      • ‘To get round that, City could offer to extend the current deal for another week.’
      • ‘The reason we went there initially was because I wanted to see how they got around the logistical problem of only having one and two dollar coins, and no paper bills.’
      • ‘It was delayed because of a points failure just outside Reading, which was a little unnerving given recent events, especially when, in order to get round the problem, the train executed an elaborate reversing manoeuvre.’
      • ‘He tried to get around the present problem by not dealing with it.’
      • ‘To get around this problem some filter companies allow users to check their junk mail at the end of the month, in case a wanted email has been caught by accident.’
      overcome, surmount, prevail over, triumph over, get the better of, master
      overcome, surmount, prevail over, triumph over, get the better of, master
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      1. 2.1Evade (a regulation or restriction) without contravening it.
        ‘the company changed its name to get round the law’
        • ‘They checked the backpack for me, so at least I got round the weight restrictions (thus far - two flights to go).’
        • ‘This might help get around the count of names limit.’
        • ‘But won't these people who give those large sums find other ways to get around these new restrictions that you seek to impose?’
        • ‘Incumbents are getting around the law by not publicly declaring their candidacies until an election year.’
        • ‘How quickly should we expect clever lawyers to find ways to get around the new restrictions?’
        • ‘It got around the planning laws by adapting its strategy and introducing smaller stores.’
        • ‘The university set it up to try and get around the restrictions on full fee paying students.’
        • ‘As long as individual member states act alone, organized crime will find a way to get around each member's regulations.’
        • ‘Over the past few years the public sector has walked away with benchmarking deals conceived as a means of getting round restrictive pay ceilings set by the talks.’
        • ‘To get around these height restrictions, her fence was positioned well inside the boundaries of her lot.’
        overcome, surmount, prevail over, triumph over, get the better of, master
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  • get round to

    • Deal with (a task) in due course.

      ‘I might get round to organizing another trip in the spring’
      • ‘It's just one of those things on the back burner that you get around to eventually.’
      • ‘They said, provided you know your place, in due course we will get round to helping you.’
      • ‘Stephen informs me that the award they won was for the 2001 edition and in due course we hope to get round to some quotes and list of titles.’
      • ‘How often do you set out to complete a task and never quite get round to it?’
      • ‘Louise had stored the mementos in a deep drawer, always planning to put them in albums and scrapbooks, and of course, never getting around to it.’
      • ‘What have you always wanted to do/visit in London but never got round to?’
      • ‘We're sure she's getting round to dealing with that, though.’
      • ‘The Reflections document never gets around to really denying this.’
      • ‘This is a posting I have been meaning to write for about a year but never quite got round to.’
      • ‘I check out courses, websites and somehow never get around to actually starting.’
  • get through

    • 1Pass or assist someone in passing (a difficult or testing experience or period)

      ‘I need these lessons to get me through my exam’
      • ‘These boys will have to get us through a difficult period.’
      • ‘Storage of water in large dams gets us through the periods of drought.’
      • ‘‘I managed to wangle that,’ he admits, ‘I'm experienced, and that got me through.’’
      • ‘Now it's all turning, and everything that we did to get us through that very difficult period is benefiting us.’
      • ‘But the Fed hinting that it will print enough money to get us through the period is a very inflationary concern.’
      • ‘Patience, compassion and a sense of humor will get us through this tricky period with grace.’
      • ‘The president has a strong and experienced staff to get us through this difficult time.’
      • ‘Conceding 13 years to his opponent yesterday, he had to call on every ounce of strength and every shred of courage and experience to get him through.’
      • ‘We've started badly but the experience in the team will get us through that.’
      • ‘I think it puts pressure on my opponents - it has certainly got me through some difficult matches.’
      pass, be successful in, succeed in, gain a pass in, come through, meet the requirements of, pass muster in
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      1. 1.1(with reference to a piece of legislation) make or become law.
        • ‘I am proud to be part of this Government, which is getting this legislation through tonight.’
        • ‘Labour opposed it then, but now we want to pass legislation to support getting this project through.’
        • ‘I encourage it to give more urgency to getting the resolutions through, tabling the legislation, and passing it through the House.’
        • ‘We believe we're going to be successful in getting this legislation through, because it just makes good common sense.’
        • ‘The Cabinet has complained about being unable to get its bills through the legislature.’
        • ‘I know how to work with Republicans and Democrats, how to get things through the legislature.’
        • ‘He got his legislative program through a Congress that still in his first term had a Democratic House of Representatives.’
        • ‘Actually, the issue is about getting this legislation through before the summer holidays begin, so that we can keep children safe in our community.’
        • ‘At the end of the day I recognize that we are going to have to negotiate with the Senate to get that legislation through.’
        • ‘The Government certainly would not get this legislation through if it banned smoking completely.’
    • 2Finish or use up (a large amount or number of something), especially within a short time.

      ‘we got through four whole jars of mustard’
      • ‘Two and a half people get through the whole batch because we go back for seconds.’
      • ‘Personally I can get through a whole tube of crisps and a couple of Cornettos whilst watching the show.’
      • ‘I'll get through a whole film every two-to-three days.’
      • ‘I knew I wouldn't be able to get through a whole post without it cropping up.’
      • ‘His energy is astonishing, and the amount of work he got through in spite of severe illness makes his literary career as a whole seem heroic.’
      • ‘In one hour I got through a whole box of Kleenex.’
      • ‘I could almost get through a whole pint of the black stuff without getting sick.’
      • ‘We did get through the whole crate eventually after many many years.’
      • ‘I still work 5 days a week, I still seem to get through the same amount of work.’
      • ‘It's around 1 p.m. and all I've really done is watch TV, and get through a suicidal amount of coffee.’
      consume, go through, use, exhaust, deplete, expend, spend, waste, fritter away, squander, dissipate
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    • 3Make contact by telephone.

      • ‘I finally got through to someone who told me that we would be getting additional compensation, though he didn't know what, and that it would be mailed to me.’
      • ‘I called her number: it was engaged and it took me more than fifteen minutes before I finally got through to her.’
      • ‘Ringing that number will get you through to experienced staff who are trained to assist regardless of the query.’
      • ‘It would be hours before Betsy finally got through to a family member to learn that her father was safe.’
      • ‘Finally he got through to the hospital operator who forwarded the call to the girl's room.’
      • ‘I could never get through on the telephone, because it was always tied up.’
      • ‘Well, after calling the 1-888 number for days, I finally got through.’
      • ‘After calling twice more and getting busy signals, I finally got through, but was told that they couldn't check on my order because their site was down.’
      • ‘Finally, my dad got through to someone who could only help by giving us still one more number to try.’
      • ‘I've tried numerous times to reach her on her mobile but I've never managed to get through to her.’
      1. 3.1Succeed in communicating with someone in a meaningful way.
        ‘I just don't think anyone can get through to these kids’
        • ‘I knew that I was getting through to him finally.’
        • ‘The only thing that managed to get through to my thoughts was the word, ‘traitor.’’
        • ‘I had a horrible feeling though that even if I did manage to get through to her, she wasn't likely to correct herself.’
        • ‘That helped get rid of our frustration at not being able to get through to our daughters; it unlocked the door to communication.’
        • ‘I feel that we've finally got through to the politicians.’
        • ‘I think I might finally be getting through to her.’
        • ‘Somehow the excitement was infectious and it managed to get through to me.’
        • ‘I wasn't doing anything I hadn't done a million times before - just attempting to get through to my friend and not quite managing.’
        • ‘Some of them have real issues that have to be addressed before you can get through to them.’
        • ‘I felt that I had never really managed to get through to him what I was doing, why I was doing it, it just didn't really feel right with him.’
        communicate with, get one's message across to, explain oneself to
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  • get to

    • Annoy or upset (someone) by persistent action.

      ‘he started crying—we were getting to him’
      • ‘I couldn't, wouldn't, let him know that he was getting to me.’
      • ‘It only occurred to me later how much it all got to me and how the drink affected the way I played.’
      irritate, annoy, anger, vex, irk, nettle, pique, exasperate, infuriate, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, ruffle someone's feathers, try someone's patience
      annoy, irritate, exasperate, anger, irk, vex, inflame, put out, nettle, needle, provoke, incense, infuriate, madden, rub up the wrong way, try someone's patience, make someone's blood boil, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, get someone's hackles up, rattle someone's cage
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  • get together

    • Gather or assemble socially or to cooperate.

      • ‘When a community gets together with accountability and openness and works together, you can get a lot done.’
      • ‘This is very encouraging for the newly formed group which only got together just before the summer.’
      • ‘It was quite a mythical fusion of local bands and collectives getting together and being creative.’
      • ‘The pupils got together and in the most unselfish way collected their pocket money to make a donation.’
      • ‘We have all donated individually but collectively we want to get together and do something quite big.’
      • ‘Members get together for social functions at the track each week or have watch parties when the race is out of town.’
      • ‘Every fortnight they get together to socialise and work on different projects.’
      • ‘We will ask the group to get together and listen to the facts as we've assembled them.’
      • ‘The poor areas in any country or ethnic group traditionally use sport as a means of getting together and socialising.’
      • ‘A big turnout of both adult and junior members got together for a night of tennis which was enjoyed by all.’
      meet, meet up, have a meeting, rendezvous, see each other, socialize
      collect, gather, assemble, bring together, call together, rally, muster, marshal, line up, congregate, convene, amass, scrape together
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  • get up

    • 1Rise or cause to rise from bed after sleeping.

      • ‘So I got up late this morning, and went out by myself for breakfast since Ben is at work.’
      • ‘From then on, she never had any trouble getting me up for school and I never pretended to be sick.’
      • ‘I got up bright and early and was at the gym for 11, had a good session and was all done by 12.’
      • ‘Nothing else in the world would have got us up before 8 am on a Saturday morning but this.’
      • ‘So I got her up, changed her nappy, and put her down to play with toys.’
      • ‘Dad used to get me up at the crack of dawn and take me to the beach to see the sand getting raked and cleaned up, ready for the day.’
      • ‘Saturday I stayed in bed for as long as I could and eventually got up at midday.’
      • ‘We got him up, don't remember what time, but we had him go to a friend's house.’
      • ‘Last week, I got up at three in the morning, lit a bonfire in my garden, and started fixing the grass.’
      • ‘What would make someone get up so early and wait in the chilly wind just for a cheap meal?’
      get out of bed, rise, stir, rouse oneself, bestir oneself, get going
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    • 2(of wind or the sea) become strong or agitated.

      • ‘Just before he played, the wind got up and blew a plastic bag into the sand.’
      • ‘It's not very long by today's standards but as soon as the wind starts getting up, it makes a big difference.’
      • ‘Diving in Limassol usually takes place early, because the wind tends to get up in late morning.’
      • ‘It's cold, a storm is brewing, the wind is getting up and there's no gold in this here pan.’
      • ‘The wind gets up then, and the hail it flings against the eastside window drowns her voice in white noise.’
      • ‘At first I feel only exhilaration as the wind gets up, and Larry begins to roll in the swell.’
      • ‘The wind gets up, gusting in from the Atlantic and rain starts to lash the windows.’
      • ‘Henman has his chances but seems flustered by the wind which is getting up again.’
      • ‘The power went off on Tuesday afternoon just as the wind was getting up.’
      • ‘We moved around the lagoon but I never had another chance before the wind and sun got up.’
  • get someone up

    • Dress someone in a specified smart, elaborate, or unusual way.

      ‘he was got up in striped trousers and a dinner jacket’
      • ‘We wrote plays and acted them, got up in home-made costumes, to any audience we could press into service.’
      • ‘She is right to be suspicious of a visitor got up in an old trilby hat and a raincoat that any Oxfam shop would reject with scorn.’
      dress, clothe, attire, garb, fit out, turn out, deck, deck out, trick out, trick up, costume, array, robe, accoutre
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  • get something up

    • 1Prepare or organize a project or piece of work.

      ‘we used to get up little plays’
      • ‘That means the developers really can only get projects up in the windiest sites.’
      • ‘A function was got up to honour the nurses who had served for 30 years and the meritorious students of the nursing course with shields and certificates.’
      • ‘So in a prior life as an environmental activist, I used to have to almost cherry-pick my news organisations if I wanted to get a story up.’
      • ‘It would be wrong to suggest that the coup was all got up by the United States.’
      organize, stage, prepare, arrange, set up, produce, get up
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    • 2Enhance or refine one's knowledge of a subject.

      • ‘I learned to hunt through libraries, to get up a subject, to quarry for material or opinions.’
      • ‘He would devote studious hours to getting up the subjects to be discussed.’
  • get up to

    • Be involved in (typically something illicit or surprising)

      ‘what did you get up to last weekend?’
      • ‘What do you hope to be getting up to when you hit your eighties?’
      • ‘His parents, both in their seventies, are supportive of his career, even though they don't quite know everything he gets up to.’
      • ‘Do they know where their children are or what they are getting up to?’
      • ‘He has always had a wild streak and I believe he is a bit of a clown in his regiment for the things he gets up to.’
      • ‘As time was getting on, I was wondering what Stuart was getting up to.’
      • ‘In some cases it may be needed, however who cares what this guy got up to at University?’
      • ‘If that was done now, there would be some fantastic stories, because now we know about what these players are getting up to in their time off the pitch.’
      • ‘You smiled when you saw him play and you laughed when you heard what he got up to.’
      • ‘That pupil was asked to take Romeo on their after-school adventures and take photos of what they had got up to.’
      • ‘It was always a dream of mine that one day they would ask me what I got up to during the summer break.’


Middle English: from Old Norse geta ‘obtain, beget, guess’; related to Old English gietan (in begietan ‘beget’, forgietan ‘forget’), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin praeda ‘booty, prey’, praehendere ‘get hold of, seize’, and Greek khandanein ‘hold, contain, be able’.