Definition of get at in English:

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get at

1Reach or gain access to (something): it’s difficult to get at the screws
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  • 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.
access, gain access to, get to, reach, touch
1.1Bribe or unfairly influence (someone): he had been got at by government officials
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  • 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.
  • It occurs to me that any of those seven judges could have been got at.
corrupt, suborn, influence, bribe, buy off, pay off
informal give someone a backhander, give someone a sweetener, grease someone's palm, fix, square
British informal nobble
2 informal Imply (something): I can see what you’re getting at
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  • It's a curious image and I guess this is what you're getting at when you suggest that we are natural born cyborgs?
  • You would be hard pressed to not have someone that doesn't know what point I am getting at or trying to allude to.
  • This gets at what ethical egoists intend, while skirting the issue of constraints on moral theories.
imply, suggest, intimate, insinuate, hint, mean, intend, lead up to, drive at, allude to
3British informal Criticize (someone) subtly and repeatedly: I hope you didn’t think I was getting at you
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  • Keane has improved his aggression in the past few seasons, and I think that is one thing critics can not get at him for.
  • 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.
criticize, pick on, find fault with, carp at, nag;
bully, victimize, attack, tyrannize, torment, persecute, punish repeatedly and unfairly, discriminate against
informal have it in for, have a down on, be down on
British informal be on at
See parent entry: get
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