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get a word in edgewise
- manage to break into a conversation
I couldn`t get a word in edgewise so I left the meeting.
We got back from London early yesterday afternoon.
get back at
- do something bad to someone who has done something bad to you, hurt someone in return for something
She is very angry at her boyfriend and is getting back at him by not answering the telephone.
- go slow while doing something, be late
If you get behind in the homework you will never be able to pass the course.
get behind (a person or idea)
- support, help
They decided to get behind the main candidate when he promised to cut taxes.
- satisfy your needs or demands (usually related to money)
He is able to easily get by on his salary because he doesn`t spend a lot of money.
get cold feet
- become afraid at the last minute
He got cold feet and cancelled his plan to go to China.
- hurry up, start moving fast, get started
We will have to get cracking on this work if we want to finish it before dinner.
get (someone) down
- make (someone) unhappy, cause discouragement
The long commuting time has begun to get her down so she wants to quit her job.
get down to
- get started on
Let`s get down to work so we can go home early.
get down to brass tacks
- begin discussing the essential matters immediately
Let`s get down to brass tacks and begin to deal with the business at hand.
- get revenge
He seems to want to get even with him for their past problems.
- the beginning
Right from the get-go I never liked the way that the new manager acted.
get (someone`s) goat
- annoy someone
He has been getting my goat recently and I am tired of him.
- excite, stir up and make angry
Once he gets going he will never stop complaining.
get hold of (something)
- get possession of
When you get hold of a dictionary could you please let me see it for a few minutes.
get hold of (someone)
- find a person so you can speak with him or her
I tried to get hold of him last week but he was out of town.
get in on the ground floor
- start at the beginning (in hopes of future gain)
He managed to get in on the ground floor of the new company.
get in touch with someone
- contact someone
I`ll get in touch with him when I arrive in New York in August.
get in the swing of things
- adapt to a new environment or situation
He got into the swing of things after the party started.
get it all together
- be in full control and possession of one`s mental faculties
He finally got it all together and applied for the job at the supermarket.
get it through one`s head
- understand, believe
He has got it through his head that he will get a job easily without really making an effort.
- go away
She told her younger brother to get lost so she could finish her homework.
get mixed up
- become confused
I`m sorry but I got mixed up with the dates. That`s why I came today.
- come down from or out of (a bus or train etc.)
We decided to get off the train at the station next to our regular station.
get off easy
- escape a worse punishment
The criminals got off easy even though they robbed the bank.
get off one`s back
- leave someone alone and not bother them
I wish that the supervisor would get off my back.
get off one`s butt
- get busy, start working
He should get off his butt and try and get a job so he will have some money.
get off on the wrong foot
- make a bad start
I got off on the wrong foot with him and our relationship never really recovered.
get off the ground
- make a successful beginning, go ahead
His new business never really got off the ground so he must look for another job.
get one`s dander up
- become or make angry
You shouldn`t talk to him early in the morning or you will get his dander up.
get one`s feet wet
- begin, do something for the first time
He has managed to get his feet wet in the publishing business and is ready to start his own business now.
get one`s own way
- cause people to do what you want
He always gets his own way with his younger brothers.
get one`s rear in gear
- hurry up, get going
Let`s hurry up and get our rear in gear before it is too late to go to a movie.
get on in years
- to advance in age
He is getting on in years and is not very healthy.
get on one`s high horse
- behave with arrogance
He is back on his high horse and has started giving orders to everyone.
get on one`s nerves
- irritate someone
His constant complaining is beginning to get on my nerves.
get out of bed on the wrong side
- be in a bad mood
I think that she got out of bed on the wrong side this morning as she hasn`t said a word to anyone yet.
get out from under
- escape a situation that one doesn`t like
I would like to get out from under my boss always watching my work.
get out of hand
- lose control
The going away party was beginning to get out of hand so they asked everyone to leave.
get out of the way
- be no longer an obstacle
He was unable to get out of the way of the truck and was injured.
get over something
- overcome a difficulty, recover from an illness or shock
She has been having a lot of trouble getting over her father`s death.
get (something) over with
- finish, end
He wants to get his exams over with so that he can begin to relax again.
- prepare yourself
First I must get ready for work, then I will help you.
get rid of something
- give or throw something away, sell or destroy something, make a cold or fever disappear
I bought a new television set so I had to get rid of the old one.
- get ready to start
We are working hard to get set for her wedding ceremony.
get the ax
- be fired
He got the ax last week and now has no job.
get the ball rolling
- start something
Let`s get the ball rolling and start working.
get the better of (someone)
- win against, beat, defeat
He got the better of me and won the tennis match.
get the feel of
- become used to or learn about something
After you get the feel of the new computer it will be very easy to use.
get the goods on someone
- find out true and often bad information about someone
I think that I have finally got the goods on him and will have to talk to the police as soon as possible.
get the message
- understand clearly what is meant
I told him three times but I don`t think that he really gets the message.
get the sack
- be fired or dismissed from work
I told him that if he doesn`t change his work habits he will get the sack from his job.
get the show on the road
- start working on something
Let`s get the show on the road and begin work for the day.
get the worst of
- be defeated or beaten, suffer most
He got the worst of the deal when the salesman sold him the used car.
- succeed in passing an exam or ordeal
She has been having trouble gettting through her final exams.
get through to
- be understood by, make (someone) understand
I tried talking to her but I couldn`t really get through to her.
- have a chance to, be able to
I didn`t get to see her last year but maybe I will have a chance this year.
get to first base
- make a good start, succeed
I tried to meet the sales manager of the company but I couldn`t get to first base.
get to the bottom of
- find out the real cause
The government is trying to get to the bottom of the financial problems in the company.
get to the heart of
- understand the most important thing about something
We were in the meeting for three hours trying to get to the heart of the matter.
get under one`s skin
- bother someone, upset someone
She always gets under my skin although I don`t really know why I don`t like her.
- get out of bed, get to one`s feet
I decided to get up early today so that I would be able to go fishing with my friend.
- fancy dress or costume
What was that strange getup that she was wearing the other day?
- energy, enthusiasm, drive
He has lots of get-up-and-go and it is difficult to follow him around.
get up on the wrong side of the bed
- be in a bad mood
He got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and won`t talk to anyone.
get up the nerve
- become brave enough
I tried to get up the nerve to ask him about the new job.
get what`s coming to one
- receive the good or bad that one deserves
He got what was coming to him when he was sent to jail for two years.
get wind of
- hear about something
I got wind of the company expansion from my friend.
get wise to something/somebody
- learn about something kept secret
He finally got wise to the fact that they were stealing his money.
get with it
- pay attention, get busy
I told him to get with it or he would get in trouble with the boss.
(not a) ghost of a chance
- very little, (not even) the smallest chance
He doesn`t have a ghost of a chance to finish the book in time for his class.
gift of the gab
- be good at talking
He has a real gift of the gab and is great at parties.
give (someone) a hard time
- make trouble for someone, tease
She was giving her boyfriend a hard time about his new haircut.
- sharing, giving and receiving back and forth between people
You must be willing to give-and-take if you want to have a good marriage.
- an open secret, a sale where items are sold very cheap
His speech was a giveaway. Now I know that he is planning to retire.
- give something to someone
I decided to give away my bicycle because I didn`t need it anymore.
- let (a secret) become known
I tried to stop her before she gave away my plans to go to Mexico for a holiday.
give a wide birth to
- keep away from, keep a safe distance from
I usually give a wide birth to my boss when he is angry.
- chase or run after someone or something
The police gave chase to the man who robbed the store.
give free rein to
- allow to move about or to do something with freedom
He was given free rein in his new job to do what he wanted.
- move back, retreat, stop opposing someone
He refused to give ground on his plans to change the system of office management.
- give someone his own way, stop opposing someone
The company gave in to the union`s demand for more money.
give it to
- punish, scold
He really gave it to his son when he came back late with the car.
- send out, let out, put forth
The garbage was beginning to give off a bad smell because of the hot weather.
give oneself away
- show guilt, show one has done wrong
She gave herself away when she said that she hadn`t seen her boyfriend but he had already said that he had met her earlier.
give oneself up
- surrender, stop hiding or running away
The robbers gave themselves up when the police surrounded the house.
give oneself up to
- let oneself enjoy, not hold oneself back from
He gave himself up to enjoy the party although he was feeling sick.
give one`s right arm
- give something of great value
I would give my right arm to be able to go to Italy with the rest of the group.
give or take
- plus or minus a small amount
I think that he is about 45 years old give or take 5 years.
- give to people, distribute
We gave out more than 600 free baseball caps at the shopping center.
We went hiking last week but my legs gave out so we had to return early.
- be finished, be gone
We went on a week-long backpacking trip but our food gave out after only three days.
- let escape
She gave out a loud yell when she saw the big spider.
give pause to
- cause one to stop and think
His problems should give you pause to think a little more carefully about what you do.
give rise to
- be the cause of something
The problems with the heating system gave rise to a lot of other problems that we had to solve.
give someone a hand
- help someone with something
Please give me a hand to move this piano.
give someone an inch and they will take a mile
- if you give someone a little they will want more and more, some people are never satisfied
If you give him an inch he will take a mile so you shouldn`t give him any more money.
give someone a piece of your mind
- scold or become angry with someone
When I met her yesterday I really gave her a piece of my mind.
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