25 phrasal verbs with Get

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Aug. 15, 2022

Get about

This phrasal verb means to be able to move around places without much difficulty. Use this verb about people who are old, ill, or injured.

Phil had broken his leg, but could still get about on crutches.

Get across

This phrasal verb means to succeed in making someone understand an idea or message. For instance: get a point/message/idea across.

What I'm trying to get across to you in this seminar today, is the importance of teamwork.

Get behind

If you get behind with your work, you have not done as much as you should have. Use this verb in work or studies environments.

I'm worried that if I stay off sick, I'll get behind.

Get back

This phrasal verb means to return to a place after going somewhere else.

I'm tired. We got back really late last night.

Get back with

This phrasal verb means to start having a relationship with a lover, husband, or wife again, after spending a period of time apart:.

I knew Tom wanted to get back with his ex-girlfriend, and it made me feel very insecure.

Get at

This phrasal verb means to criticize someone in an unfair and annoying way.

My Mum is always getting at me about my clothes.

Get down

If a situation gets you down, it continues over a period of time making you feel increasingly unhappy and tired.

I'd been unemployed since I left college, and it was really getting me down.

Get down to

This phrasal verb means to finally make a serious effort and start doing something.

After Christmas I'm going to get down to some serious job-hunting.

Get off

This phrasal verb means: if you get off a bus, plane, large boat, train etc, you leave it.

They saw Edwin getting off the ferry and raced to meet him.

Get off with

This phrasal verb means to start a sexual or romantic relationship with someone.

She spent the whole evening trying to get off with Michael.

Get in (1)

This phrasal verb means to buy a supply of something you need and bring it home.

We need to get some food in - I'll go to the supermarket on my way home.

Get in (2)

This phrasal verb means to arrive at your home or at work.

Listen, I'll have Mike call you when he gets in.

Get in with

This phrasal verb means: to become friendly with a person or group - used especially when you disapprove of this relationship.

She had married a rich man, and then used his money to get in with Chicago's social elite.

Get into (1)

This phrasal verb means to become interested in a book, film, piece of music etc, so that you enjoy it and want to read, see, or hear more.

I tried to read 'Moby Dickβ€˜ when I was at college, but I just couldn't get into it.

Get into (2)

This phrasal verb means to start talking about a particular subject.

Let's not even get into it, mate. I'll break down crying - I miss my wife so, so much.

Get away

This phrasal verb means to succeed in leaving a place or a person, especially when this is difficult.

There’s a meeting after work, but I should be able to get away by seven.

Get by

This phrasal verb means to have enough money to buy the things you need to live, but no more.

He earns just about enough to get by.

Get back

This phrasal verb means to do something to hurt or embarrass someone, in order to punish them for hurting or embarrassing you.

His wife got him back for playing away from home by coolly advertising and selling his Rolls Royce for Β£100.

Get away with

This phrasal verb means to not be noticed or punished when you have done something wrong. β€˜get away with it’

The kid was being so rude, and his mother just let him get away with it!

Get on (1)

This phrasal verb is used to ask someone about the result of their visit, examination, etc._

"How did you get on at the doctor's?"

Get on (2)

This phrasal verb means if someone is getting on, they are getting old.

We're both getting on, now, and we can't travel about like we used to.

Get on with (1)

This phrasal verb means to continue doing something that you were doing before.

We should leave the President 's love-life alone, and let him get on with the business of running the country.

Get on with (2)

If two or more people get on, they have a friendly relationship.

-"How do you get on with Julie?"

- "Oh, fine."

Get out of

This phrasal verb means to avoid doing something that you have promised to do or are supposed to do.

I've got a business meeting at 2.00 p.m. but I'll see if I can get out of it.

Get over

This phrasal verb means to stop feeling upset about a romantic relationship with someone that ended.

She's just getting over a guy from Seattle. They met on vacation, fell in love, bought a house, and then it all went horribly wrong.

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