verb (gets, getting; past got /ɡɒt/; past participle got, North American or archaic gotten /ˈɡɒt(ə)n/)
- We're getting about 18 hours of sunshine each day.
- It is all about community effort and we are getting more and more community effort.
- She gets a rock star reception in shopping malls, often being asked to stop for photographs or to sign autographs.
- Recently I have been getting a serious pain on my left side.
- I had gotten my life's fair dose of suffering.
- I was getting a really bad sensation in my fingers and it felt like I was walking on gravel.
- However, down the street a further two if not three disabled parkers had also got fixed penalty tickets.
- If he had an ounce of honour he would walk, and consider himself lucky that is all the punishment he gets.
- If caught what punishment will they get, so many hours, be a good boy, don't do it again till next time?
- She felt like she was getting a thousand diseases just from their second-hand smoke.
- He has fears about the risks of getting more serious asbestos disease.
- It is like an injection, as when someone gets lumbago and receives a shot.
- But he had gotten a very clear look at the man's face, and a better estimate of his height and weight.
- 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.
- We got the ladder and brought it back around the front with intentions to leave it on the patio, which is enclosed.
- It was understood that when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door.
- Someone from reception gets the resuscitation kit and calls the other two doctors consulting that evening.
- Only come out in the early morning when no one is up to get breakfast.
- She'd been getting the same lunch every day for nearly two years now, and she never tired of it.
- Making the fresh soda bread, getting the dinner, and doing her housework was her joy.
- You get kids throwing bricks at windows all the time, but you don't go out and kill them.
- 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.
- The transport system in Kingston isn't so bad that getting the bus or train is not an option.
- At the last minute, Keith decided not to get the train and instead got a later metro.
- Further down Oxford Street we got a Victoria Line train from Bond Street to Euston.
- He drew pictures instead of making calculations, and somehow got the right answers.
- Add 3 + 9 + 3 to get 15.
- In the first two expressions, she multiplied before dividing, getting 9 as an answer for the first expression and 6 for the second.
- I have got half a dozen great slow, huge songs, but I kind of get bored of playing them live.
- So after a while, you sort of get used to all of the little things on the car.
- But every waking hour the competition in the mobile communications market gets tougher.
- 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?
- He got robbed at gunpoint in Mexico.
- The president seems weirdly ignorant of how stuff gets done in DC.
- Depending on the number of people there we'll limit the number of things I'll sign, in order that everyone gets something signed.
- It said it would press the contractors to get the Bilbrough work completed as soon as possible.
- We do move heaven and earth to try to get the post delivered at least the next day.
- And if you could get him to nip round with a feather duster, I would be most grateful.
- 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.
- The latest scam is to get us to sign a contract agreeing to longer shifts to cover up for staff shortages.
- I got to meet him first hand and to know him a little bit in the short period of time.
- Sue had been perfectly outraged that Astrid had gotten to go meet Ian first.
- I can't remember how our friendship got going, but before we knew it we were thick as thieves.
- Let's get moving.
- We didn't go out on dates as such but we met up and we got talking.
- His knee eventually healed and he got back into pro football, not as a player but as a head coach for his old team.
- Once the tram gets there, the car is nowhere to be seen.
- Some kids spent 7-8 hours getting home on the bus.
- It came as a relief to his conscience as Jake moved, trying to get back on his feet.
- Women have fought long and hard to get into positions that men hold within the leadership of the church.
- There isn't much room, and you have to wait for everyone to get into position before you hit.
- In just over an hour, however, they succeeded in getting the pontoons into place and began the inflation process.
- How are we going to get the animals across the river?
- 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.
- 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.
- One assailant grabbed him and got him in a headlock while an accomplice pulled the wallet out of his trouser pocket.
- 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.
- 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!
- Anna has troubles of her own - including a little brother who's out to get her.
- But as one Pennsylvania retiree put it, ‘We refuse to accept this concept of ‘you got yours, now back off.’
- ‘Hey,’ they hiss at us now, ‘I got mine, you get yours - adios chump.’
- That would be the ‘I got mine, pull up the ladder school of government’, which sadly seems to be the dominant perspective these days.
- What is an annuity? No, you got me there.
- It's almost a revolution, get me?
- I don't have a family, you get it?
- Perhaps he got what I meant, perhaps he did not.
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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
- North American informal To a great or extreme extent: he was stubborn as all get outMore example sentences
- 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.
- He's cute, dead sexy, funny as all get out, smart, single, and he lives 2,000 miles away.
- The team ownership was spectacular, and while many of the promotions were campy as all get out, they never did anything halfway.
get in there
- informal Take positive action to achieve one’s aim (often said as an exhortation): you get in there son, and you workMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- We got in there and once again hit the ground running.
get it on
- North American informal Embark on an activity; get going.
- informal Have sexual intercourse: he’d been getting it on with a girlMore example sentences
- Looking around, I started to get bored and started thinking about getting it on with my girlfriend the night before.
- Instead, he wore the $5,000 watch that she gave him around town and told everyone that he is getting it on with her.
- You're supposed to be saving lives not getting it on with your roommate.
get one's own back
- informal Have one’s revenge; retaliate.More example sentences
have/get/take one's revenge (on), be revenged (on), revenge oneself (on), hit back, get back at, get, get even (with), even the score (with), settle a/the score, settle accounts (with), give as good as one gets, play tit for tat, repay, pay someone back, give someone their just deserts, reciprocate, retaliate (against/on), take reprisals (against), exact retribution (on), let someone see how it feels, give someone a taste of their own medicine
- My one regret is that he retired from the game before I had a chance to get my own back.
- 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.
get over oneself
- informal Stop being conceited or pretentious.More example sentences
- You need to get over yourself, and stop acting like the world needs to be perfect.
- I suppose I'll just have to get over myself and stop dwelling on what I can't change and change what I can.
- I wish he would get over himself and stop torturing everyone with his presence.
- derogatory Designed or concerned to make a lot of money fast.More example sentences
- An elderly Swindon woman has narrowly escaped being duped into sending money to a dubious get-rich-quick scheme.
- They didn't waste time on get-rich-quick schemes or waste money on expensive cars or trying to win the lottery.
- From the security of their own homes, many sneer at the get-rich-quick crowd that lost money when the tech bubble burst.
getting on for
- chiefly British Approaching (a specified time, age, or amount); almost: there are getting on for 700 staffMore example sentences
- He's getting on for 80 but it doesn't stop him doing anything.
- I have not seen any use as a haulage yard for getting on for two years.
- 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.
- informal Energy, enthusiasm, and initiative.More example sentences
drive, initiative, enterprise, enthusiasm, eagerness, ambition, motivation, push, go, dynamism, energy, gusto, vigour, vitality, verve, fire, fervour;single-mindedness, will power, dedication, doggedness, tenacity, zeal, commitment, forcefulness, spirit
- Ambition, a spirit of get-up-and-go and a sense of pride in our community were all we had to rely on to drag ourselves up to a better standard of living.
- He is a new man, full of vigour and get-up-and-go.
- Here we have a company with entrepreneurial spirit and get-up-and-go.
get someone with child
- archaic Make a woman pregnant.More example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
get something across
- Manage to communicate an idea clearly.More example sentences
- We help people express things more clearly, get their ideas across while learning a bit more about the structure of the English language.
- They must be able to communicate effectively in order to motivate others and get their ideas across.
- He clearly got the message across, because soon afterwards a listener, Adriana, rang the station to say he had won her vote.
- Become successful in one’s life or career.More example sentences
succeed, be successful, make it, do all right for oneself, progress, make progress, make headway, advance, get on in the world, rise in the world, go up in the world, fly high, make one's mark, make good, become rich, strike gold/oil, be in clover
- Rumor has it she resorted using the charms to get ahead in both her career and her love life.
- Have you dedicated the last ten years to getting ahead in your career and the rewards that come with that?
- All women need to get ahead and be successful is their own determination!
- As they scramble from one temporary residence to another, they manage to get along, and in the process fall in love.
- She was more worried about him getting along in the ‘real world’.
- 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.
- see get round .
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- His accomplice that night got away scot free; after all, Lorraine was only 13 at the time.
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 mistakenMore example sentences
escape blame for, escape punishment for
- It should not be thought that by getting away with such conduct punishment will not follow.
- The effect on her character development if she gets away with blaming him will actually be much worse.
- He got away with so much for so long and he has lived with this for 27 years and hurt so many people.
get back at
- Take revenge on (someone).More example sentences
take revenge on, be revenged on, exact/wreak revenge on, get one's revenge on, avenge oneself on, take vengeance on, get even with, settle a/the score with, pay back, pay out, retaliate on/against, take reprisals against, exact retribution on, let someone see how it feels, give someone their just deserts, give someone a dose/taste of their own medicine, give as good as one gets;give/return like for like, give tit for tat, take an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth)British informal get one's own back on
- Before, he had come here for revenge; to get back at those who had destroyed his life.
- He gives me an evil look like he's cooking up a revenge plan to get back at me.
- 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.
get back to
- Contact (someone) later to give a reply or return a message: I’ll find out and get back to youMore example sentences
come back to;answer, reply to, respond to, give a response to
- 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.
- The support contact is a friendly enough person - he gets back to me quickly and seems genuinely interested in helping me out.
- Manage with difficulty to live or accomplish something: he had just enough money to get byMore example sentences
- I'd cleaned the house thoroughly early in the day and Dolly and I had managed to get by with only minimal mess.
- He's somehow managed to get by without being eliminated, but his number looks likely to be up very soon.
- They leave these matters to others and get by somehow, often living from hand to mouth, day to day.
- North American informal Dance energetically: get down and party!More example sentences
- 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.
- I braved five different dance classes to get the lowdown on getting down.
get someone down
- Depress or demoralize someone.More example sentences
dampen/break someone's spirit, dash someone's hopes, dishearten, demoralize, discourage, daunt, crush, shake, desolate, weigh down, weigh heavily on, hang over, oppress;upset, distress, grieve, haunt, harrow, cause suffering to, break someone's heart, make one's heart bleed, bring tears to one's eyesinformal give someone the blues, make someone fed up, knock the stuffing out of, knock for six, knock sideways
- ‘It's upsetting and it really gets me down,’ she said.
- It got me down though I don't think I'm of a depressive disposition.
- Living in a loft is getting us down; we are both really depressed by it.
get something down
- We're not really writing songs but just getting ideas down as fast as we can before we forget them.
- He continued to write but getting the words down on to the page became increasingly difficult.
- When you write for an audience, you get your thoughts down on paper, seek feedback and revise extensively.
- 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 was sick and the vet had recommended baby food to help him get some medicine down.
get down to
- Begin to do or give serious attention to: let’s get down to businessMore example sentences
- Astor got down to more serious business the following afternoon.
- Hadn't we known all about these rate rise fears long before we got down to the serious business of the millennium festivities?
- As the sun came out everyone got down to some serious fishing.
- I've not really seen much of it as the train only got in at nine after a delay somewhere around Dusseldorf.
- What if the train gets in too late and the tube isn't running?
- I'm a bit disappointed that my flight out is mid Friday afternoon, which allowing for time differences gets in at 8pm.
- 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.
- 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.
- It really doesn't make any difference whether the Labour Party gets in or the Conservative Party.
get in on
- Become involved in (a profitable or exciting activity).More example sentences
- Now, you may be thinking, this sounds like the sort of project he would 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.
- Now large insurers have begun getting in on what many consider to be the future of health insurance.
get in with
- Become friendly with (someone), especially in order to gain an advantage: I hope he doesn’t get in with the wrong crowdMore example sentences
- He was more than a little annoyed at Matt for destroying his chances of getting in with what was obviously the ‘in’ crowd.
- When he was about 15, he got in with a new group of friends and after many arguments decided to leave home.
- 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.
- 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.
- In fact its believed that up to 60% of current Green Mile inmates would get off with a life sentence if investigated properly.
- 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.
- I'd just got off to sleep when my dogs started barking at about 12.30 am.
- 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.
- 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.
get off on
- informal Be excited or aroused by (something): he was obviously getting off on the adrenaline of performing before the crowdMore example sentences
- 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.
- He was really getting off on that, but that wasn't the main event.
- It's a bit different, but it has lots of nerdy functions that we're getting off on.
- Sirka did as she was instructed, and with the help of Aden, she managed to get on.
- 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.
- Kimi just looks politely bored, waiting to get on with his interrupted conversation.
- 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.
- He is very friendly and loving and gets on with other dogs so could be homed with a family who have a dog already.
- It is a very friendly club and everyone gets on well with each other.
- She was a very pleasant and friendly lady and got on well in her job.
- 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.
- 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.
get on to
- chiefly British Make contact with (someone) about a particular topic.More example sentences
- I got in contact with Guinness in Dublin and they got on to their reps in California and the tap was installed.
- He said any victim who wanted to seek advice could contact him in Wexford or get on to any other Right of Place branch.
- The company got on to Airtours in Manchester and explained the problem.
- He touches on the territorialism that occurs when the local's secret gets out and a treasure is discovered by the outside world.
- She mentally whispered the last part, as if she didn't want her secret getting out.
- Property prices have dropped since the news got out and people are annoyed, verging on being angry.
get something out
- I have watched that market with amazement and have solidly resisted efforts of my Chinese publishing friends to get my book out in Chinese.
- Part of this is simply due to the rush to get products out in an ever-tightening release cycle.
- 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.
- I've got it out! I've got the answer to the slow neutron business.
get out of
- Contrive to avoid or escape (a duty or responsibility): they wanted to get out of payingMore example sentences
- 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.
get something out of
- Achieve benefit from (an undertaking or exercise): everyone who took part in the course got a lot out of itMore example sentences
- 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.
- I really get a buzz out of someone achieving something, it's great when you see them finally do it.
- Now I try to ride the crest of the wave more, but I got a lot out of almost drowning a few times.
- We just have to put it down to experience, get over it and get the necessary points required.
- I went a few years ago and I haven't yet got over the experience.
- The girl got over her shock and started laughing and other people joined in aware that she was unharmed.
- The montage serves to show Josey's difficulty in getting over, or at least learning to live with, what happened earlier.
- 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.
- Jake hadn't been entirely pleased when Brian had been the one to help solve the case but he got over it.
get something over
- 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.
- You know I was the first in space, not these astronauts, but I couldn't get the ideas over to the people.
- We have deliberately chosen to depart from this tradition in the interests of getting these painful necessities over quickly and without visual distraction.
- 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.’
- The overloaded judges are often more interested in getting the trial over with than in determining the guilt or innocence of the defendant.
- Her hope was that by convincing her mother to allow her to go, she would thus get around her father.
- I know how to get around you and get my way now!
- You're not getting round me that easily.
- 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.
- To get round that, City could offer to extend the current deal for another week.
- They checked the backpack for me, so at least I got round the weight restrictions (thus far - two flights to go).
- But won't these people who give those large sums find other ways to get around these new restrictions that you seek to impose?
- As long as individual member states act alone, organized crime will find a way to get around each member's regulations.
get round to (or North American around to)
- Deal with (a task) in due course: I might get round to organizing another trip in the springMore example sentences
- We're sure she's getting round to dealing with that, though.
- 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.
- 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.
- Now it's all turning, and everything that we did to get us through that very difficult period is benefiting us.
- These boys will have to get us through a difficult period.
- ‘I managed to wangle that,’ he admits, ‘I'm experienced, and that got me through.’
- We believe we're going to be successful in getting this legislation through, because it just makes good common sense.
- Actually, the issue is about getting this legislation through before the summer holidays begin, so that we can keep children safe in our community.
- I am proud to be part of this Government, which is getting this legislation through tonight.
- 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.
- 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.
- I could never get through on the telephone, because it was always tied up.
- 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.
- 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.
- Somehow the excitement was infectious and it managed to get through to me.
- 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.
- informal Annoy or upset (someone) by persistent action: he started crying—we were getting to himMore example sentences
irritate, annoy, anger, vex, irk, nettle, pique, exasperate, infuriate, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, get/put someone's back up, ruffle someone's feathers, try someone's patience;informal aggravate, rile, niggle, hassle, bug, miff, peeve, get under someone's skin, get up someone's nose, hack offBritish informal wind up, get at, nark, get acrossNorth American informal ridevulgar slang piss offrare exacerbate, hump, rasp
- It only occurred to me later how much it all got to me and how the drink affected the way I played.
- I couldn't, wouldn't, let him know that he was getting to me.
- Gather or assemble socially or to cooperate.More example sentences
- It was quite a mythical fusion of local bands and collectives getting together and being creative.
- We have all donated individually but collectively we want to get together and do something quite big.
- Every fortnight they get together to socialise and work on different projects.
- Nothing else in the world would have got us up before 8 am on a Saturday morning but this.
- We got him up, don't remember what time, but we had him go to a friend's house.
- So I got her up, changed her nappy, and put her down to play with toys.
- Just before he played, the wind got up and blew a plastic bag into the sand.
- The power went off on Tuesday afternoon just as the wind was getting up.
- It's cold, a storm is brewing, the wind is getting up and there's no gold in this here pan.
get someone up
- Dress someone in a specified smart, elaborate, or unusual way: he was got up in striped trousers and a dinner jacketMore example sentences
- 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.
get something up
- That means the developers really can only get projects up in the windiest sites.
- 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.
- 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.
get up to
- British informal Be involved in (typically something illicit or surprising): what did you get up to last weekend?More example sentences
- That pupil was asked to take Romeo on their after-school adventures and take photos of what they had got up to.
- You smiled when you saw him play and you laughed when you heard what he 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.
- More example sentences
- We kept Todmorden down to a gettable score but we batted poorly, and recently we've just got worse.
- It would be all so simple and easily gettable.
- Mistakes then began to creep in as the pressure rose, including Brough scuffing a gettable penalty, and the game began to slowly eke away.