Definition of get something over in US English:

get something over

phrasal verb

  • 1Manage to communicate an idea or theory.

    ‘the company is keen to get the idea over’
    • ‘You know I was the first in space, not these astronauts, but I couldn't get the ideas over to the people.’
    • ‘We have to get the message over that to drop litter is anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘Though his facial expressions were usually enough to get the joke over, he occasionally punctuated his gags with imaginative effects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘The overloaded judges are often more interested in getting the trial over with than in determining the guilt or innocence of the defendant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think the local community wanted to get this anniversary over and done with and then decide on what they'll do.’
    • ‘Just ignore all those eyes and concentrate on getting it over 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.’’
    • ‘So while that's a very scary prospect so soon it's a better idea to get it over and done with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have deliberately chosen to depart from this tradition in the interests of getting these painful necessities over quickly and without visual distraction.’
    • ‘Now my mind was made up I wanted to do this and 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?’