get  ( gets 3rd person present) ( getting present participle) ( got past tense & past participle) ( gotten past tense & past participle ) (PHRASES AND PHRASAL VERBS)
1 You can say that something is, for example, as good as you can get to mean that it is as good as it is possible for that thing to be.
as good/small as you can get (it) phrase v-link PHR, PHR after v
Consort has a population of 714 and is about as rural and isolated as you can get.
2 If you say you can't get away from something or there is no getting away from something, you are emphasizing that it is true, even though people might prefer it not to be true.
you can't get/there's no getting away from phrase PHR n (emphasis)
There is no getting away from the fact that he is on the left of the party.
3 If you get away from it all, you have a holiday in a place that is very different from where you normally live and work.
get away from it all phrase V inflects
...the ravishing island of Ischia, where rich Italians get away from it all.
4 Get is used in rude expressions like get stuffed and get lost to express contempt, disagreement, or refusal to do something.
get lost/knotted/stuffed etc convention
5 You can say, for example, `How lucky can you get?' or `How stupid can you get?' to show your surprise that anyone could be as lucky or stupid as the person that you are talking about.
how stupid/lucky can you get phrase
I mean, how crazy can you get?
6 You can use you get instead of `there is' or `there are' to say that something exists, happens, or can be experienced.
you get phrase PHR n
You get a lot of things like that now don't you..., That's where you get some differences of opinion. get about
1 phrasal verb If you get about, you go to different places and visit different people.
So you're getting about a bit again? Not shutting yourself away? V P
2 phrasal verb The way that someone gets about is the way that they walk or go from one place to another.
She was finding it increasingly difficult to get about. V P
3 phrasal verb If news gets about, it becomes well known as a result of being told to lots of people.
The story had soon got about that he had been suspended. V P get across phrasal verb When an idea gets across or when you get it across, you succeed in making other people understand it.
Officers felt their point of view was not getting across to ministers... V P to n
I had created a way to get my message across while using as few words as possible. V n P get ahead phrasal verb If you want to get ahead, you want to be successful in your career.
He wanted safety, security, a home, and a chance to get ahead. V P get along
1 phrasal verb If you get along with someone, you have a friendly relationship with them. You can also say that two people get along.
It's impossible to get along with him... V P with n
They seemed to be getting along fine. pl-n V P
2 phrasal verb Get along means the same as get by.
You can't get along without water... V P prep get around
in BRIT, also use get round
1 phrasal verb To get around a problem or difficulty means to overcome it.
None of these countries has found a way yet to get around the problem of the polarization of wealth. V P n
2 phrasal verb If you get around a rule or law, you find a way of doing something that the rule or law is intended to prevent, without actually breaking it.
Although tobacco ads are prohibited, companies get around the ban by sponsoring music shows. V P n
3 phrasal verb If news gets around, it becomes well known as a result of being told to lots of people.
They threw him out because word got around that he was taking drugs... V P that
I'll see that it gets round that you've arrived. it V P that
4 phrasal verb If you get around someone, you persuade them to allow you to do or have something by pleasing them or flattering them.
Max could always get round her. V P n
5 phrasal verb If you get around, you visit a lot of different places as part of your way of life.
He claimed to be a journalist, and he got around. V P get around to phrasal verb
in BRIT, also use get round to When you get around to doing something that you have delayed doing or have been too busy to do, you finally do it.
I said I would write to you, but as usual I never got around to it... V P P n/-ing get at
1 phrasal verb To get at something means to succeed in reaching it.
A goat was standing up against a tree on its hind legs, trying to get at the leaves. V P n
2 phrasal verb If you get at the truth about something, you succeed in discovering it.
We want to get at the truth. Who killed him? And why? V P n
3 phrasal verb If you ask someone what they are getting at, you are asking them to explain what they mean, usually because you think that they are being unpleasant or are suggesting something that is untrue.
`What are you getting at now?' demanded Rick. V P get away
1 phrasal verb If you get away, you succeed in leaving a place or a person's company.
She'd gladly have gone anywhere to get away from the cottage... V P from n
I wanted a divorce. I wanted to get away. V P
2 phrasal verb If you get away, you go away for a period of time in order to have a holiday.
He is too busy to get away. V P
3 phrasal verb When someone or something gets away, or when you get them away, they escape.
Dr Dunn was apparently trying to get away when he was shot... V P
I wanted to get her away to somewhere safe. V n P get away with phrasal verb If you get away with doing something wrong or risky, you do not suffer any punishment or other bad consequences because of it.
The criminals know how to play the system and get away with it... V P P n/-ing get back
1 phrasal verb If someone or something gets backto a state they were in before, they are then in that state again.
Then life started to get back to normal... V P to n
I couldn't get back to sleep. V P to n, Also V P into n
2 phrasal verb If you get backto a subject that you were talking about before, you start talking about it again.
It wasn't until we had sat down to eat that we got back to the subject of Tom Halliday. V P to/onto n
3 phrasal verb If you get something back after you have lost it or after it has been taken from you, you then have it again.
You have 14 days in which you can cancel the contract and get your money back. V n P
4 phrasal verb If you get back at someone or get them back, you do something unpleasant to them in order to have revenge for something unpleasant that they did to you.
INFORMAL The divorce process should not be used as a means to get back at your former partner... V P at n
I'm going to get you back so badly you'll never to be able to show your face again. V n P get back to phrasal verb If you get back to an activity, you start doing it again after you have stopped doing it.
I think I ought to get back to work. V P P n get by phrasal verb If you can get by with what you have, you can manage to live or do things in a satisfactory way.
I'm a survivor. I'll get by... V P
Melville managed to get by on a small amount of money. V P on n get down
1 phrasal verb If something gets you down, it makes you unhappy.
At times when my work gets me down, I like to fantasize about being a farmer. V n P
2 phrasal verb If you get down, you lower your body until you are sitting, kneeling, or lying on the ground.
She got down on her hands and knees on the floor... V P on n
`Get down!' she yelled. `Somebody's shooting!' V P
3 phrasal verb If you get something down, especially something that someone has just said, you write it down.
The idea has been going around in my head for quite a while and now I am getting it down on paper. V n P, Also V P n (not pron)
4 phrasal verb If you get food or medicine down, you swallow it, especially with difficulty.
INFORMAL I bit into a hefty slab of bread and cheese. When I had got it down I started talking. V n P, Also V P n (not pron) get down to phrasal verb If you get down to something, especially something that requires a lot of attention, you begin doing it.
With the election out of the way, the government can get down to business. V P P n get in
1 phrasal verb If a political party or a politician gets in, they are elected.
If the Conservatives got in they might decide to change it. V P
2 phrasal verb If you get something in, you manage to do it at a time when you are very busy doing other things.
I plan to get a few lessons in. V n P
3 phrasal verb To get crops or the harvest in means to gather them from the land and take them to a particular place.
We didn't get the harvest in until Christmas, there was so much snow. V n P
4 phrasal verb When a train, bus, or plane gets in, it arrives.
We would have come straight here, except our flight got in too late. V P get into
1 phrasal verb If you get into a particular kind of work or activity, you manage to become involved in it.
He was eager to get into politics. V P n
2 phrasal verb If you get into a school, college, or university, you are accepted there as a student.
I was working hard to get into Cambridge. V P n
3 phrasal verb If you ask what has got into someone, you mean that they are behaving very differently from the way they usually behave.
INFORMAL What has got into you today? Why are you behaving like this? V P n get off
1 phrasal verb If someone who has broken a law or rule gets off, they are not punished, or are given only a very small punishment.
He is likely to get off with a small fine. V P with n
2 phrasal verb If you get off, you leave a place because it is time to leave.
At eight I said `I'm getting off now.' V P
3 phrasal verb If you tell someone to get off a piece of land or a property, you are telling them to leave, because they have no right to be there and you do not want them there.
I told you. Get off the farm. V P n
4 phrasal verb You can tell someone to get off when they are touching something and you do not want them to.
I kept telling him to get off... V P
`Get off me!' I screamed. V P n get on
1 phrasal verb If you get onwith someone, you like them and have a friendly relationship with them.
The host fears the guests won't get on... pl-n V P
What are your neighbours like? Do you get on with them? V P with n
2 phrasal verb If you get onwith something, you continue doing it or start doing it.
Jane got on with her work... V P with n
Let's get on. V P
3 phrasal verb If you say how someone is getting on, you are saying how much success they are having with what they are trying to do.
Livy's getting on very well in Russian. She learns very quickly... V P adv
When he came back to see me I asked how he had got on. V P adv
4 phrasal verb If you try to get on, you try to be successful in your career.
Politics is seen as a man's world. It is very difficult for women to get on. V P
5 phrasal verb If someone is getting on, they are getting old.
INFORMAL usu cont
I'm nearly 31 and that's getting on a bit for a footballer. V P get on to
1 phrasal verb If you get on to a topic when you are speaking, you start talking about it.
We got on to the subject of relationships. V P P n
2 phrasal verb If you get on to someone, you contact them in order to ask them to do something or to give them some information.
I got on to him and explained some of the things I had been thinking of. V P P n get out
1 phrasal verb If you get out , you leave a place because you want to escape from it, or because you are made to leave it.
They probably wanted to get out of the country... V P of n
I told him to leave and get out. V P
2 phrasal verb If you get out , you go to places and meet people, usually in order to have a more enjoyable life.
Get out and enjoy yourself, make new friends. V P
3 phrasal verb If you get out of an organization or a commitment, you withdraw from it.
I wanted to get out of the group, but they wouldn't let me... V P of n
Getting out of the contract would be no problem. V P of n, Also V P
4 phrasal verb If news or information gets out, it becomes known.
If word got out now, a scandal could be disastrous... V P
Once the news gets out that Armenia is in a very critical situation, I think the world will respond. V P that get out of phrasal verb If you get out of doing something that you do not want to do, you succeed in avoiding doing it.
It's amazing what people will do to get out of paying taxes. V P P -ing/n get over
1 phrasal verb If you get over an unpleasant or unhappy experience or an illness, you recover from it.
It took me a very long time to get over the shock of her death. V P n
2 phrasal verb If you get over a problem or difficulty, you overcome it.
How would they get over that problem, he wondered? V P n
3 phrasal verb If you get your message overto people, they hear and understand it.
We have got to get the message over to the young that smoking isn't cool. V n P to n get over with phrasal verb If you want to get something unpleasant over with, you want to do it or finish experiencing it quickly, since you cannot avoid it.
The sooner we start, the sooner we'll get it over with. V n P P get round
get around get round to
get around to get through
1 phrasal verb If you get through a task or an amount of work, especially when it is difficult, you complete it.
I think you can get through the first two chapters. V P n
2 phrasal verb If you get through a difficult or unpleasant period of time, you manage to live through it.
It is hard to see how people will get through the winter... V P n
3 phrasal verb If you get through a large amount of something, you use it.
You'll get through at least ten nappies a day. V P n
4 phrasal verb If you get throughto someone, you succeed in making them understand something that you are trying to tell them.
An old friend might well be able to get through to her and help her... V P to n
The message was finally getting through to him. V P to n, Also V P
5 phrasal verb If you get throughto someone, you succeed in contacting them on the telephone.
Look, I can't get through to this number... V P to n
I've been trying to ring up all day and I couldn't get through. V P
6 phrasal verb If you get through an examination or get through, you pass it.
Did you have to get through an entrance examination? V P n, Also V P
7 phrasal verb If a law or proposal gets through, it is officially approved by something such as a parliament or committee.
...if his referendum law failed to get through... V P
Such a radical proposal would never get through parliament. V P n get together
1 phrasal verb When people get together, they meet in order to discuss something or to spend time together.
This is the only forum where East and West can get together. V P
2 phrasal verb If you get something together, you organize it.
Paul and I were getting a band together, and we needed a new record deal. V n P
3 phrasal verb If you get an amount of money together, you succeed in getting all the money that you need in order to pay for something.
Now you've finally got enough money together to put down a deposit on your dream home. V n P get up
1 phrasal verb When someone who is sitting or lying down gets up, they rise to a standing position.
I got up and walked over to where he was. V P
2 phrasal verb When you get up, you get out of bed.
They have to get up early in the morning. V P
get-up get up to phrasal verb If you say that someone gets up to something, you mean that they do it and you do not approve of it.
mainly SPOKEN, disapproval They get up to all sorts behind your back. V P P n