Definition of get something across in US English:

get something across

phrasal verb

  • Manage to communicate an idea clearly.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We help people express things more clearly, get their ideas across while learning a bit more about the structure of the English language.’
    • ‘Have I managed to get it across how much I love this song?’
    • ‘It was a simple statement, but it got the point across quite clearly.’
    • ‘Back on the streets, Chad encountered a few kids with skateboards and managed to get our intentions across to them.’
    • ‘While English may be his second language, he managed to get that point across loud and clear.’
    • ‘He clearly got the message across, because soon afterwards a listener, Adriana, rang the station to say he had won her vote.’
    • ‘Last night he came across as hesitant and defensive, unable to get his points across clearly.’
    • ‘They must be able to communicate effectively in order to motivate others and get their ideas across.’
    • ‘The whole idea of getting the message across through animals and relationships with people is full of subtlety.’
    communicate, get over, put over, impart, convey, transmit, make understood, make clear, express
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