Get – phrasal verb

Get – phrasal verb


Get across – to be understood

His ideas didn’t get across to the rest of his team.

Get along with – be friends with somebody

I don’t get along with that new guy in our office.

Get around – move from place to place, person to person

The bad news always get around very quickly.

Get at – learn or find out something

It can be difficult to get at information about public servants pay.

Get at – keep criticising somebody

My older sister is getting at me all the time. It’s really annoying.

Get away from – run away from

They managed to get away from the burning house just in time.

Get away with – steal and escape with

The robbers got away with £1.5 million in cash.

Get away with – receive a light punishment for a crime

She got away with just a rebuke for her truancy.

Get back – return home

What time did you get back from the pub last night?

Get by (on/in/with) – manage to live using what you’ve got

I’m earning just enough to get by.

I can get by in English. (= my English is good enough to speak and understand)

Get down – write down

Did you manage to get his phone number down?

Get down to – begin to do something

I haven’t got down to fixing my bicycle yet.

Get in/into – arrive at a place

What time did you get in last night?

We got into London just before midnight.

Get off – step from a bus/plane/train/ship

We got off at Paddington station.

Get on – ask how well you do at something

How is she getting on at her new school?

Get on – step on a bus/plane/train/ship

He got on a train at Reading.

Get on with – be friends

How do you get on with your colleagues?

Get out – become known

This information should never get out.

Get out – publish or produce

She would like to get her new book out for Christmas.

Get out of – leave a place

We got out of the plane at 5.20pm.

Get out of – avoid responsibility or duty

He is always trying to get out of his promises.

Get over – overcome something

It took me a while to get over the break-up with my girlfriend.

Get around something – deal with a problem successfully; to overcome

They’re going to get around the problem successfully, don’t you worry.

Get a/round to – find the time to do something

He hasn’t got round to cutting the grass yet.

Get through – use up a lot of resources/money/etc.

We and our friends got through all the red wine in the house last night.

Get together – meet socially or to discuss something

They are getting together on Friday evening for a quick drink after work.

Get up – stand up after sitting down/lying; to rise

What time did you get up this morning?

Get up to – reach a particular point

He got up to page 9 and got bored with the book.

Get up to – be busy with something (usually unpleasant or surprising)

I didn’t get up to much last weekend. I was just hanging about.