One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal Annoy or upset (someone) by persistent action.‘he started crying—we were getting to him’
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 patienceView synonyms
- ‘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.’
2Deal with (a task) in due course.‘I am going to get to working on the yard this weekend’
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