Aug 03, 2020
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The many uses of "get": You'd better get with it!

If you look up the verb "get" in the dictionary, you might see hundreds of different ways in which it is used. This is because it can be used with so many different prepositions and nouns.
get around = travel; move around / When you visit a different city or country, how do you choose to get around? / The healthiest way to get around is by walking or by bike.

get a clue = start paying attention. / If you want to keep your job, then get a clue and start arriving on time.

get a free ride = to get something for free. / Al got a free ride to college on a football scholarship.

get a kick out of = to enjoy something; to find amusement in a situation. / I get a kick out of watching the sport of cricket.

get a move on = start moving; go. / If you want to see the movie, you'll have to get a move on right now.

get across = to communicate; to relay an important message or thought. / Bob and Tammy can't seem to get across to their son the importance of his education.

get along with = to have a good relationship. (this is a very popular idiom) / Do you get along with your neighbors? How about the people you work with. Do you get along with your coworkers?

get at = to communicate; to say something in a manner that is indirect. / What are you getting at? Do you think I stole your wallet?

get by = to make enough money to pay one's bills / They're not making enough money to get by.

get down = dance; party. / After a long week, Bertha gets down with her coworkers at a local nightclub.

get for = to receive money or compensation for something. / You won't get much for that car because it's old and worn out.

get going = start to go / Uh oh. It's 11:00. We've got to get going.

get it = understand. Do you understand the math homework? / No, I don't get it. / Yes, I get it

get it together = get ready to go somewhere; to correct bad behavior. / Sandy would be a great business person if she could just get it together.

get lost = go away / You're bothering me. Get lost! / They got lost in the jungle.

get into = to develop an interest in something; to enter. / Bob is starting to get into country and western music.

get on (one's) nerves = to bother someone; to annoy. That girl's gum chewing is so loud that it's getting on my nerves.

get over = to learn to forget; to learn to live with some unpleasant truth. It took Doug almost five years to get over his last girlfriend.

get the hang of = to learn how to do something; to develop a new skill. / It takes a little practice to get the hang of riding on a skateboard.

get through = to survive a period of difficulty; to endure trouble. / We're going to get through this pandemic and come out of it stronger.

get-together = a party; a gathering of people who know each other. / There's going to be a get-together at Tony's Bar and Grill if you want to go there after work.

get under (one's) skin = to bother; to cause trouble. Robert lost his job at the restaurant because he got under the boss's skin.

get with it = do a better job; improve (one's) performance. If she doesn't get with it in that class, she's going to fail this semester. / You'd better get with it and start paying attention.