Phrasal Verbs Using 'Get'

Get about

Visit many places

Example:I GET ABOUT a lot with my job- last years I visited eleven countries.

Get about

Become known

Example:It didn't take long for the news to GET ABOUT- everyone's talking about it.

Get about

Walk or visit places

Example:She can't GET ABOUT much, but she is in her eighties.

Get about

Have personal or sexual relationships with many people

Example:She GETS ABOUT a bit; she's always with some new guy.

Get above

Behave as if you are better or more important than others

Example:She's been GETTING ABOVE HERSELF since she got promoted. (This is normally used in progressive forms and followed by a reflexive pronoun, though 'get above your station' is also used.)

Get across

Communicate successfully

Example:I just couldn't GET my message ACROSS at the meeting.

Get across

Go from one side to the other

Example:It's impossible to GET ACROSS the road with all this traffic.

Get across

Move something from one side to the other

Example:How are we going to GET these bags ACROSS the river?

Get across to

Be convincing or make a good impression

Example:How can I GET ACROSS TO my audience?

Get after

Nag or exhort someone

Example:You should GET AFTER them to finish the work.

Get after

Chase

Example:GET AFTER her and give her the message before she leaves the building.

Get ahead

Progress

Example:Nowadays, you need IT skills if you want to GET AHEAD.

Get ahead of

Move in front of

Example:I work at home in the evening to GET AHEAD OF schedule.

Get along

Have a good relationship

Example:Why don't you two GET ALONG? You're always arguing.

Get along

Leave

Example:It's late; we must be GETTING ALONG.

Get along

Progess

Example:How's the homework GETTING ALONG?

Get along in

Progress

Example:How are you GETTING ALONG IN the company.

Get along with

Have a good relationship with someone

Example:I don't GET ALONG WITH my sister- we have nothing in common.

Get along with

Deal with, handle

Example:How are you GETTING ALONG WITH the training course?

Get around

Become known

Example:It didn't take long for the news to GET AROUND once it got into the newspapers.

Get around

Visit many different places

Example:He GETS AROUND a lot- he's always flying somewhere different.

Get around

Walk or go to places

Example:He's finding it hard to GET AROUND since the operation and spends most of his time at home.

Get around

Avoid a problem

Example:It'll be tricky, but we will find a way to GET AROUND the regulations.

Get around

Persuade, convince

Example:She didn't want to accept my application because it was late, but I managed to GET AROUND her.

Get around

Have personal or sexual relationships with many people

Example:He GETS AROUND a bit; he's always with some new girlfriend.

Get around to

Finally manage to do something, make the effort to do something

Example:It always takes me ages to GET AROUND to replying to letters.

Get at

Criticise

Example:His boss is always GETTING AT him for arriving late.

Get at

Mean

Example:What do you think she's GETTING AT? I've no idea what she wants.

Get at

Be able to reach, find, access

Example:It's on the top shelf and I can't GET AT it.

Get at

Use threats, payments, bribes, etc, to affect someone's testimony or decision

Example:The gangsters GOT AT the jury, who found them not guilty of all charges despite the evidence presented in court.

Get away

Escape

Example:The robbers GOT AWAY in a stolen car, which the police later found abandoned.

Get away

Go on holiday or for a short break

Example:We love to GET AWAY from everything and relax in the country.

Get away

Move, leave somewhere

Example:He didn't come because he was stuck at work and couldn't GET AWAY.

Get away from

Go somewhere different or do something different

Example:Work's getting on top of me; I need to GET AWAY FROM it.

Get away from

Start to talk about something that is not relevant to the discussion

Example:I think we're GETTING AWAY FROM the point here- we need to concentrate on the main ideas.

Get away with

Not get caught, criticised or punished for doing something wrong

Example:Thieves GOT AWAY WITH two Picassos, which were never found.

Get away with

Achieve something, despite not doing it correctly or properly

Example:Do you think we could GET AWAY WITH using the cheaper product?

Get away!

An expression of disbelief

Example:"I passed." "GET AWAY! You couldn't have passed."

Get back

Return

Example:The train was held up so we didn't GET BACK home until midnight.

Get back

Return something

Example:Don't lend him any money; you'll never GET it BACK.

Get back

Revenge

Example:He was rude and embarrassed me, but I'll GET him BACK.

Get back

Move away

Example:The police told the crowd to GET BACK to allow the ambulance through.

Get back

Move away

Example:The police told the crowd to GET BACK to allow the ambulance through.

Get back at

Take revenge

Example:I'll GET BACK AT her for landing me in trouble.

Get back into

Start doing something after stopping for some time

Example:I am GETTING BACK INTO my Khmer lessons after the summer break.

Get back into

Find a new enthusiasm for something

Example:I lost interest for a while, but I'm GETTING BACK INTO it.

Get back to

Respond to a contact

Example:I'll GET BACK TO you as soon as I hear any news.

Get back to

Respond when you know the answer

Example:I don't know at the moment, but I will GET BACK TO you as soon as I have the information.

Get back to

Start doing something again after an interruption

Example:It took me ages to GET BACK TO sleep after the phone rang.

Get back together

Restart a relationship

Example:We split up a few months ago but GOT BACK TOGETHER last week.

Get behind

Support

Example:All the students GOT BEHIND the teacher.

Get behind with

Be late paying instalments for something.

Example:If you GET BEHIND WITH mortgage payments, you might lose your home.

Get by

Have just enough money to live on

Example:They're finding it increasingly difficult to GET BY since their daughter was born.

Get by

Not be noticed (problems, errors, etc)

Example:I had checked it, but there still were a few mistakes that didn't GET BY the editor.

Get by on

Manage on a certain amount of money

Example:It's hard to GET BY ON my salary.

Get by with

Have enough of something to do the job

Example:We should be able to GET BY WITH three PCs, but four would be better.

Get down

Make someone depressed, unhappy, exhausted, etc.

Example:The miserable weather in winter really GETS me DOWN.

Get down

Write, record

Example:I couldn't GET DOWN everything he said.

Get down

Manage to swallow

Example:The medicine tasted horrible and it was difficult to GET it DOWN.

Get down

Descend, leave a vehicle

Example:The trained pulled in and we GOT DOWN.

Get down

Leave the table after eating

Example:When they had finished dinner, the children asked if they could GET DOWN.

Get down

Reduce

Example:The doctor says I my GET my cholesterol levels DOWN.

Get down

Have an affair or sexual relations

Example:They GOT DOWN at the party last week.

Get down on

Criticise

Example:My mother used to GET DOWN ON us for not doing enough homework.

Get down to

Start working seriously

Example:I find it extremely difficult to GET DOWN TO doing any revision for examinations.

Get down to

Enjoy something a lot

Example:People were GETTING DOWN TO the concert.

Get in

Arrange for someone to do a job in your home, workplace, etc

Example:The air conditioning has broken down; we'll have to GET a technician IN to fix it.

Get in

Arrive (train, plane, etc.)

Example:Her plane GETS IN at 2am our time.

Get in

Arrive home

Example:She didn't GET IN till well after twelve o'clock because she'd been out for a few drinks with her mates.

Get in

Enter a car or taxi

Example:The taxi pulled up and we GOT IN.

Get in

Buy or obtain supplies, like food

Example:We need to GET some coffee IN; we're completely out.

Get in

Arrive at work, school, home

Example:I GOT IN late today because the train broke down.

Get in

Enter a building or place

Example:I borrowed her pass to GET IN.

Get in

Be elected

Example:The government GOT IN with a very small majority.

Get in

Manage to say or do

Example:I couldn't GET a word IN throughout the meeting.

Get in

Be admitted to a university, club, etc

Example:He did badly in the entrance exam and didn't GET IN.

Get in

Bring inside a place

Example:It's raining; I'd better GET the washing IN.

Get in

Submit, apply

Example:We have to GET the forms IN by the end of this week.

Get in

Pay for drinks

Example:He GOT the drinks IN.

Get in on

Become involved

Example:The company tried to GET IN ON our market.

Get in with

Become friendly with, ingratiate with

Example:I tried to GET IN WITH them as I thought it would help me at work.

Get into

Become involved or interested

Example:She's been GETTING INTO dance music recently.

Get into

Become involved in something bad or criminal

Example:He GOT INTO drugs when he was at university.

Get into

Be accepted or admitted

Example:She did well and GOT INTO Cambridge University.

Get into

Become or be accepted as a member

Example:He GOT INTO the first team for football.

Get into

Start a habit or way of acting or behaving

Example:It took me ages to GET INTO driving on the left.

Get into

Be small enough to wear something

Example:I couldn't GET INTO the boots; they were too tight.

Get into

Criticise

Example:He GOT INTO me for doing it badly.

Get it

Be punished or scolded

Example:If you don't stop that right now, you'll really GET IT!

Get it off

Have sex

Example:They GOT IT OFF at the party.

Get it off with

Have sex with

Example:She GOT IT OFF WITH her friend's husband.

Get it on

Become interested or excited

Example:The talk was dull and nobody GOT IT ON.

Get it on

Have sex

Example:Did you two GET IT ON?

Get it on with

Have sex with

Example:Did you GET IT ON WITH him?

Get it together

Control things in your life to achieve your aims

Example:If I don't GET IT TOGETHER, I will never reach my targets.

Get it together

Begin a relationship

Example:They only GET IT TOGETHER at the very end of the film.

Get it up

Become aroused (of a man)

Example:He couldn't GET IT UP and felt very embarrassed.

Get off

Escape punishment

Example:He GOT OFF on a technicality and left the court a free man.

Get off

Leave a bus, train, etc.

Example:We GOT OFF the bus and walked to my house.

Get off

Finish, leave work

Example:I like to GET OFF early on Fridays.

Get off

Start a journey

Example:We need to GET OFF early to avoid the rush hour traffic.

Get off

Help a baby or child sleep

Example:I can't GET the kids OFF because of the noise from next door.

Get off

Orgasm, have sex

Example:We GOT OFF last night.

Get off

Manage to fire a gun

Example:She GOT OFF a few shots before she was arrested.

Get off

Stop talking on the phone

Example:Let me know when he GETS OFF the phone as I need to make a call.

Get off

Write or send letters, messages, etc

Example:I GOT three emails OFF before the meeting.

Get off

Say or write something funny

Example:She GOT OFF some jokes at the start of her presentation.

Get off it

A way of expressing disbelief, or telling someone that they're wrong or have an incorrect opinion

Example:I knew he was lying so I told him to GET OFF IT.

Get off on

Enjoy a drug

Example:He GETS OFF ON crystal meth every night.

Get off on

Become excited by

Example:She GETS OFF ON her power over us.

Get off with

Have casual sex with

Example:He GOT OFF WITH her at the party.

Get off!

Don't touch, leave alone

Example:If he bothers you, just tell him where to GET OFF.

Get on

Continue doing something

Example:The teacher asked the pupils to GET ON with some work quietly as she had to leave the classroom.

Get on

Enter a bus, train, plane, etc.

Example:We GOT ON the train at Plymouth and went up to London.

Get on

Make progress, deal with something with a reasonable degree of success

Example:How are you GETTING ON with your Spanish lessons?

Get on

Have a good relationship

Example:We have always GOT ON well.

Get on

Become old, age

Example:He's GETTING ON now and doesn't work so hard.

Get on

Be late or near an arranged time

Example:I must get home now; it's GETTING ON.

Get on

Wear, fit

Example:I have put so much weight on that I couldn't GET my old suits ON.

Get on

Leave

Example:I must be GETTING ON; I have other things to do this evening.

Get on at

Criticise unfairly

Example:He's always GETTING ON AT me when I haven't done anything wrong.

Get on for

Be near a time

Example:It's GETTING ON FOR midnight.

Get on to

Start to suspect

Example:It took the authorities a long time to GET ON TO the gang.

Get on with

Have a good relationship

Example:Fortunately, I GET ON WITH my boss.

Get on with

Continue or start doing something

Example:She told us to GET ON WITH our work.

Get onto

Start discussing a topic

Example:We didn't GET ONTO the third item on the agenda.

Get onto

Be elected, appointed

Example:He didn't GET ONTO the committee.

Get onto

Appear on the radio or TV

Example:He GOT ONTO every major channel after the accident.

Get onto

Contact someone because you need or want them to do something

Example:We'd better GET ONTO someone to fix this.

Get onto

Enter a plane, train, etc

Example:She GOT ONTO the plane just before it took off.

Get out

Leave the house to visit place and socialise

Example:She doesn't GET OUT much now she has her baby.

Get out

Become known when people want it to remain secret

Example:The truth GOT OUT despite the injunction on reporting the case.

Get out

Leave a place, escape

Example:The dog GOT OUT because I left the door open.

Get out

Remove something from where it is stored to use it

Example:I GOT the car OUT so that we could load up the suitcases.

Get out

Remove dirt or something unwanted

Example:I spilled some red wine on my carpet and can't GET the stains OUT.

Get out

Publish, make available for the public to see or buy

Example:We have to GET the report OUT by the end of the month.

Get out

Say what you want when it is difficult

Example:He was so upset he couldn't GET the words OUT.

Get out of

Avoid doing something you dislike

Example:I said I wasn't feeling well and GOT OUT OF the extra work.

Get out of

Leave a car, van, etc.

Example:We GOT OUT OF the taxi and paid the driver.

Get out of

Stop a regular activity or habit

Example:If you GET OUT OF a routine, it can be hard to start again.

Get out of

Make someone confess or tell the truth

Example:The police couldn't GET any information OUT OF him.

Get out of

Make someone give something to you

Example:Did you GET a refund OUT OF the travel agency?

Get out of

Derive pleasure or benefit from something

Example:She's GETTING a lot OUT OF her university course.

Get out of

Help someone avoid doing something

Example:I GOT him OUT OF having to work at the weekend.

Get out!

Expression of disbelief

Example:'I got 100% on the test.' 'Get out!'

Get over

Recover from something, feel better

Example:It took me ages to GET OVER the bout of flu.

Get over

Solve, find a solution

Example:It took us a long time to GET OVER the problems with the computer system.

Get over

Communicate, make people understand

Example:He makes jokes to help GET his message OVER.

Get over

Be shocked or surprised that something if real or true

Example:I couldn't GET OVER how much weight he had put on.

Get over

Get to the other side

Example:We couldn't GET OVER the river because of the floods.

Get over

Come somewhere

Example:He said he needed help and ask me to GET OVER as soon as I could.

Get over with

Do something unpleasant that has to be done rather than delaying it any more

Example:I GOT the test OVER WITH rather than have to worry about it any longer.

Get round

Become known

Example:I don't want this to GET ROUND, so please keep it to yourself.

Get round

Find a solution

Example:We're nearly ready, but there are few little problems we have to GET ROUND before we finish.

Get round (around) to

Finally manage to do something

Example:It always takes me ages to GET ROUND to writing letters. (In American English 'around' is used)

Get round (or around)

Persuade someone

Example:She didn't want to let me do it, but I succeeded in GETTING ROUND her. (In American English 'around' is used)

Get through

Contact

Example:I tried calling her mobile phone, but I couldn't GET THROUGH.

Get through

Consume

Example:He GETS THROUGH two bottles of wine a day.

Get through

Finish

Example:I'm going to take some work home because I haven't managed to GET THROUGH it all today.

Get through

Finish

Example:Call me when you GET THROUGH.

Get through

Succeed in an exam or test

Example:My car didn't GET THROUGH its inspection.

Get through

Help someone or something succeed or pass a test or exam

Example:My teacher GOT me THROUGH the exam.

Get through

Endure or deal with a difficult experience

Example:We will have to be careful with our money to GET THROUGH the month.

Get through

Be accepted or passed (laws, proposals, etc)

Example:If the proposal GETS THROUGH, it'll make things much better for us.

Get through

Manage to pass

Example:The water GOT THROUGH the roof and damaged the carpets.

Get through

Arrive

Example:The message didn't GET THROUGH.

Get through to

Make someone understand

Example:I explained it carefully, but I just couldn't GET THROUGH TO him.

Get through to

Contact, especially by phone

Example:I rang but couldn't GET THROUGH TO her.

Get through to

Reach a stage in a competition

Example:If they win, they'll GET THROUGH TO the quarter finals.

Get to

Annoy, irritate

Example:Don't let her GET TO you; she's just in a bad mood.

Get to

Arrive

Example:When I GET TO it, I'll look at the matter carefully.

Get to

Start discussing a topic

Example:We asked him to GET TO the point, but he just waffled away.

Get to

Have the opportunity to do something

Example:Last June I GOT TO visit Stonehenge.

Get together

Meet socially

Example:We GOT TOGETHER in the pub for a drink.

Get up

Get out of bed

Example:I GET UP at seven o'clock on weekdays, but lie in till noon at the weekend.

Get up

Organise

Example:They GOT UP a list of two hundred people who were opposed to the local council's plans.

Get up to

Do something wrong or naughty

Example:The children are always GETTING UP TO some trouble or other.