Meaning of GET in English

GET

verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a situation worsens/deteriorates/gets worse

Reports from the area suggest the situation has worsened.

be getting a cold (= be starting to have a cold )

I think I might be getting a cold.

be/become/get paranoid

Malcolm got really paranoid, deciding that there was a conspiracy out to get him.

become/get vested (in sth)

He only took the job to get vested in the pension fund.

become/grow/get accustomed to sth

Her eyes quickly became accustomed to the dark.

become/grow/get restless

The children had been indoors all day, and were getting restless.

be/get evicted

They refused to leave and were forcibly evicted evicted by force .

be/get going

It’s late! I must get going.

be/get hooked on drugs informal (= be/get addicted )

She got hooked on drugs, and ended up homeless.

be/get lost in the post BrE, be/get lost in the mail American English

The parcel must have got lost in the post.

be/get out and about (= go to places where you can meet people )

Most teenagers would rather be out and about with their friends.

be/get/come home early

Your father said he’d be home early.

be/get/run low (on sth)

We’re running low on gas.

Stocks are getting low.

break/get loose (= escape )

A 34-year-old inmate broke loose from the sheriff’s office yesterday.

bring/get sth up to scratch

We spent thousands of pounds getting the house up to scratch.

buy/get sb a drink (= in a pub or a bar )

It’s my turn to buy you a drink.

buy/get sth on credit

They bought all their furniture on credit.

catch/get a bug

Six out of ten travellers get a stomach bug abroad.

catch/get a disease ( also contract a disease formal )

He caught the disease while travelling in Africa.

come off/get off drugs (= stop taking drugs permanently )

It was years before I was able to come off drugs.

come/get out of prison

The boy just come out of prison after doing two years for assault.

come/get/reach etc home (= arrive at your home )

It was midnight by the time we got home.

What time are you coming home?

curiosity gets the better of sb/overcomes sb (= makes you do something that you are trying not to do )

Curiosity got the better of me and I opened her diary.

deserve all/everything you get (= deserve any bad things that happen to you )

She's behaved really stupidly and she deserves all she gets.

earn/get/receive a salary

She’s now earning a good salary as an interpreter.

enter/get into parliament (= be elected as a member of parliament )

Tony Blair first entered Parliament in 1983.

fall behind with the rent/get behind on the rent (= fail to pay your rent on time )

You could be evicted if you fall behind with the rent.

fall/get behind with the mortgage (= be unable to pay enough money each month )

He fell behind with the mortgage when he lost his job.

fall/get into arrears (= become late with payments )

find/get employment

The men hope to find employment in the construction industry.

find/get your sea legs

I felt awful yesterday. But, thankfully, I’ve found my sea legs now.

follow/get/catch sb’s drift (= understand the general meaning of what someone is saying )

She didn’t quite get my drift, did she?

gain/get a purchase on sth

The ice made it impossible to get a purchase on the road.

gain/get/develop an understanding

Scientists continued to gain a greater understanding of the effects of radiation.

get a bargain

Everyone likes to think they are getting a bargain.

get a benefit ( also gain/derive a benefit formal )

In this way, students will gain maximum benefit from their classes.

get a cut (on sth)

I fell and got a bad cut on my head.

get a divorce (= end your marriage )

Their marriage had never been happy and in the end they got a divorce.

get a doctor (= arrange for one to come to you )

In the middle of the night we decided to get the doctor.

get a flight (= book it )

I’ll be there tomorrow morning if I can get a flight.

get a go

Don’t I get a go ?

get a goal

It was great that he got that goal so late in the game.

get a good deal (= buy something at a good price )

He thought he had got a good deal.

get a good hiding

You’ll get a good hiding when you come home!

get a good/reasonable etc price (= be paid a particular amount for something )

Farmers now get a decent price for their crop.

get a grade

He had always gotten good grades.

get a grip (= hold something that is hard to hold firmly )

I got a good grip on the rope and pulled myself up.

get a joke (= understand a joke and find it funny )

She never gets my jokes.

get a kick

He got a kick on the ankles from Anne.

get a laugh out of sb (= make someone laugh )

I always managed to get a laugh out of my audience.

get a laugh ( also draw a laugh British English written ) (= be laughed at )

Most of his jokes didn’t even get a laugh.

get a lawyer

If you are charged with breaking the law, you will need to get a lawyer.

get a letter ( also receive a letter formal )

I got a letter from my mother.

get a loan

She got a loan from the bank.

get a measurement

You get a more accurate measurement holding the tape this way.

get a medal ( also receive a medal formal )

She received a medal from the Society of Arts.

get a message ( also receive a message formal )

Didn’t you get my message?

get a mortgage

We couldn't get a mortgage.

get a newspaper (= buy one regularly )

We don’t get a newspaper; we tend to watch the news on TV.

get a part

I was thrilled when I was told I’d got the part.

get a passport ( also obtain a passport formal )

It took quite a long time to get a new passport.

get a permit

You have to get a special permit in order to visit the Saiq plateau.

get a perspective

When you get to my age, you get a different perspective on life.

get a photo (= take one successfully )

Did you get some good photos in Greece?

get a photograph (= take one successfully )

I got some brilliant photographs of the desert.

get a picture

Scientists have been trying to get a better picture of how the drug works.

get a piece of the action

And will foreign firms get a piece of the action ?

get a point informal (= score a point )

Our aim is to get as many points as possible.

get a positive etc response

She got an enthusiastic response to her suggestion.

get a present (= receive a present )

Children soon learn to enjoy giving presents as well as getting them.

get a prize ( also receive a prize formal )

The winner gets a prize.

If your letter is published, you will receive a £5 prize.

get a qualification British English ( also gain/obtain a qualification formal )

I want to get the qualifications so that I can become a doctor.

get a reaction

We didn’t know what kind of reaction we would get.

get a reputation ( also gain/acquire a reputation formal )

Over the years, the company has gained a reputation for making quality products.

I didn’t want to get a reputation as a troublemaker.

get a ride AmE:

I left the farm that night, and got a ride into town.

get a stain on sth

She didn’t want to get a stain on her new dress.

get a stain out ( also get rid of a stain ) (= remove it )

You’ll never get that stain out.

get a thrill

I get such a thrill out of skydiving.

get a virus ( also contract a virus formal )

He does not know when he contracted the virus.

get a visa ( also obtain a visa formal )

He was having difficulties getting a visa.

get an allowance

Do you get an allowance for clothes?

get an appointment (= succeed in arranging one )

It’s difficult to get an appointment on Monday morning.

get an idea

She got the idea from an article in a magazine.

get an impression

What sort of impression did you get of the city?

get an injury informal (= suffer an injury )

He couldn’t take the chance of getting an injury.

get an interview

He was one of only five people to get an interview out of more than 100 people who applied.

get an opportunity

I decided to go, as I might never get this opportunity again.

get an overview

I wanted to get an overview of the main environmental concerns.

get angry

He was beginning to get angry .

get as far as doing sth

They had got as far as painting the kitchen.

get at/to the truth informal (= discover the truth )

The police will eventually get to the truth of the matter.

get back to a subject

Somehow I just knew in the end we would get back to the subject of money.

get back to nature

city workers who want to get back to nature in their holidays

get bail

His wife says he hopes to get bail.

get bevvied up

We’re all going out to get bevvied up .

get bored

I get bored if I’m at home on my own all day.

get broken (= become broken )

Wrap it up well so it doesn’t get broken in the mail.

get caught in the rain (= be outside when it starts raining )

Did you get caught in the rain?

get caught

If you go back to the city, you’re bound to get caught .

get custody

She was determined to prevent Mike getting custody of Adam.

get directions (= ask someone for directions )

I went into a petrol station to get directions.

get discouraged

A lot of players get discouraged and quit.

get down to the nitty-gritty

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and work out the costs.

get drunk

David would get drunk and I would have to take him home and put him to bed.

get dry (= become dry )

Come inside and get dry.

get encouragement (= be given encouragement )

She got a lot of encouragement from her friends.

get entangled

fears that the US could get entangled in another war

get entangled

Small animals can get entangled in the net.

get far (= he did not succeed in saying very much )

He started to explain, but he didn’t get far before Mary interrupted him.

get fat

You’ll get fat if you eat all that chocolate.

get fidgety

The boys get fidgety if they can’t play outside.

get going on (= start doing )

I’m going to get going on the decorating next week.

get going (= start )

Generally the action doesn’t get going until after midnight.

get hassle (= be made to experience problems )

Liz is getting a lot of hassle about the claim from her insurance company.

get headaches/suffer from headaches (= regularly have a headache )

He often gets headaches at school.

get het up

Mike tends to get het up about silly things.

get high (= take a drug to make yourself high )

get huffy

Some customers get huffy when you ask them for their ID.

get hungry

If you get hungry , there’s some cold chicken in the fridge.

get hurt

He’s no good for you, Jenny. You’ll only get hurt again.

get hurt

Sometimes players get hurt in training.

get in contact (= manage to communicate )

Where can I get in contact with you while you are away?

get in touch with

Can I have your phone number in case I need to get in touch with you?

get in touch (= start talking or writing to you )

We’ll get in touch as soon as we know the results of the test.

get independence

The country eventually got its independence in 1960.

get infected

Clean the wound so it doesn’t get infected .

get in/into a car

The man stopped and she got into the car.

get in/into/out of the bath

I had to get out of the bath to answer the phone.

get inspiration from sth

He gets much of his inspiration from the classical poets.

get insurance informal:

I'm thinking of getting house insurance.

get into a dispute (= become involved )

We don’t want to get into a dispute with them.

get into a fight (= become involved in a fight )

The two men got into a fight over a girl.

get into a habit (= start doing something regularly or often )

Try to get into the habit of walking for 30 minutes each day.

get into a panic

There’s no need to get into a panic.

get into an argument/become involved in an argument

She didn’t want to get into another argument about money.

I left to avoid becoming involved in an argument.

get into bed/get out of bed

I usually read for a bit after I get into bed.

get into bed/get out of bed

I usually read for a bit after I get into bed.

get into groups

The teacher asked the students to get into groups.

get into shape

I’ve got to get into shape before summer.

get into/out of a cab

I just saw Fiona getting into a cab.

get into/out of a taxi

He got into a taxi outside the station.

get into/up to mischief ( also make mischief ) (= do things that cause trouble or damage )

You spend too much time getting into mischief!

get itchy

He’s had that job now for about eight years, and he’s starting to get itchy .

get knowledge ( also gain/acquire knowledge formal )

He gets all his knowledge about politics from watching the television.

get laid

All he wants to do is go out and get laid .

get light

It was seven o'clock and just starting to get light .

get lucky informal (= be lucky )

They’re not a great team - they just got lucky.

get mad

There’s no need to get mad about it!

get mad

We get mad at each other sometimes, like any family.

get married (= to have a wedding )

Did you know that they are going to get married?

get narked

There’s no need to get narked about it!

get off a plane

Would he ever see her again after they got off the plane?

get off a train

He got off the train at Flushing.

get off my back

Do me a favour and get off my back !

get off the line

I wished he would just get off the line .

get off to a good/bad etc start

On your first day at work, you want to get off to a good start.

get on a plane ( also board a plane )

We got on the plane and found our seats.

get on the phone to sb (= call them )

We got on the phone to the hospital straight away.

get on/board a train

At Stoke, another passenger boarded the train.

get on/get off a coach

A group of tourists were getting on the coach.

get on/get off a coach

A group of tourists were getting on the coach.

get on/off a bicycle

I got on my bicycle and cycled over to Rob’s house.

get on/off a bike

He got off his bike and walked with her for a while.

get on/off a bus

Several more passengers got on the bus.

get on/off a flight

She’d just got off a flight from Buenos Aires.

get on/off the motorway

We got on the motorway near Watford.

get onto a subject (= happen to start talking about it )

We somehow got onto the subject of detective stories.

get organized

It will take me a few days to get organized .

get out of a car

He got out of the car and went into the newsagent’s.

get out of a habit (= stop doing something regularly or often )

She couldn’t get out of the habit of saying 'sorry'.

get out of jail

He got out of jail after five years for armed robbery.

get out of/quit the rat race

the story of a couple who quit the rat race

get over/recover from a shock

He hasn’t got over the shock of losing his job yet.

get permission ( also obtain/receive permission formal )

We'll need to get permission to film in the museum.

You must obtain permission from the owners before viewing the property.

get pins and needles

I’ll have to move because I’m starting to get pins and needles in my foot.

get pleasure from/out of sth

Young children get a lot of pleasure from dressing up.

get praise

His actions did not get the praise they deserved.

get pregnant informal (= become pregnant )

She got pregnant when she was sixteen.

get priority

The breakdown services say that women on their own get priority.

get publicity ( also receive publicity )

Climate change is getting a lot of publicity.

Such studies have received a lot of publicity.

get rattled

It was hard not to get rattled when the work piled up.

get ready

Why does it take you so long to get ready to go out?

get respect (= be treated with respect )

You get more respect if you dress smartly.

get rich

They just wanted to get rich.

get rich quick schemes

get round...problem (= solve )

strategies to get round the problem

get satisfaction from sth ( also gain/derive satisfaction from sth formal )

I get a lot of satisfaction from teaching.

He derived great satisfaction from knowing his son had followed in his footsteps.

get (sb) into a routine (= develop a fixed order of doing things, or make someone do this )

Try to get your baby into a routine.

get sb off a subject (= make them talk about something else )

It was difficult to get him off the subject of cars.

get sb out of bed (= make someone get out of bed )

His mother couldn’t get him out of bed in the mornings.

get sb pregnant (= make a woman pregnant, usually without planning to )

At least he didn't get you pregnant.

get sb’s consent ( also obtain sb’s consent formal )

Your solicitor will need to obtain your signed consent.

get sb’s meaning ( also take sb’s meaning British English ) (= understand what someone is saying in an indirect way )

He’s not like other people, if you get my meaning.

get scared (= start to feel scared )

It was now completely dark and I was getting scared.

Get set (= get ready )

Get set for a night of excitement.

get shirty

No need to get shirty !

get sick (= become ill )

The boy got sick, and he just got worse and worse.

get sidetracked

Don’t get sidetracked by the audience’s questions.

get skeeved out

I hate touching raw meat. I just get skeeved out .

get smart with

Don’t get smart with me, young man.

get smashed

It’s just an excuse to go out and get smashed .

get sniffy

Well, don’t get sniffy about it!

get some advice

I decided to get some advice from a specialist.

get some exercise

I don’t get enough exercise.

get some kip

We ought to get some kip .

get some practice

You must get as much practice as possible before the competition.

get some rest

You’d better get some rest if you’re driving back tonight.

get some shut-eye

We’d better get some shut-eye .

get some sleep (= sleep for a while )

You’d better get some sleep.

get something to eat (= prepare or buy some food )

I’m sure you can get something to eat on the train.

get stale

If you stay in the job for more than ten years, you get stale .

get started

It’s difficult for new lawyers to get started in private practice.

get started (= start doing something )

I’d better get started soon.

get sth clear (= understand something properly )

I was trying to get the idea clear in my mind.

get sth for Christmas

I got a new watch for Christmas.

get sth for your birthday

What did you get for your birthday?

get sth in the post (= receive it )

Did you get anything in the post today?

get sth right

For once, he got my name right.

get sth to work

I can’t get the heater to work.

get sth wet

I didn’t want to get my feet wet.

get sth wrong

They’ve got their sums wrong.

get straight to the point

I think I should get straight to the point .

get stuck

If you get stuck on a difficult word, just ask for help.

get sympathy from sb

I thought at least I’d get some sympathy from you.

get the adrenalin going (= make you feel nervously excited )

There’s nothing like a good horror film to get the adrenalin going .

get the ball

Then the Cowboys got the ball again.

get the blame (= be blamed )

Sam knew that if something went wrong, he’d get the blame.

get the blues

A lot of women get the blues after the baby is born.

get the cane

Children knew that if they misbehaved they would get the cane .

get the car out of the garage

Wait here while I get the car out of the garage.

get the car/engine etc started

He couldn’t get his motorbike started.

get the door (= open or close it for someone )

Could you get the door for me?

get the giggles (= start to giggle )

Now every time he looks at me I get the giggles.

get the gist (= understand the main meaning )

Don’t worry about all the details as long as you get the gist of it.

get the hint (= to understand a hint )

I looked hopefully at the cake, but he didn't get the hint.

get the knack

Once you've got the knack, you'll never forget how to do it.

get the point (= understand it )

He didn’t get the point at first.

get the shakes

If I don’t smoke, I get the shakes .

get the shock of your life (= get a very big shock )

He got the shock of his life when he found out who I was.

get the truth out of sb (= make someone tell you the truth )

I’ll get the truth out of her, whatever it takes!

get the vote

In France women didn’t get the vote until 1945.

get there (= arrive )

Are we going to get there before the banks close?

get through

They didn’t even get through the first round of the contest.

get through

I tried phoning you, but I couldn’t get through .

get through/make it through (= reach a place after a difficult journey )

You’ll never get through – the snow’s two metres deep.

Rescue teams have finally made it through to the survivors.

get to a point

You get to the point where ordinary things like climbing stairs are difficult.

get to sleep (= succeed in starting to sleep )

Last night I couldn’t get to sleep.

get to/reach the end of sth

The 40 year-old power station has now reached the end of its operating life.

get to/reach/live to a particular age

One in three children die before they reach the age of 5.

The number of people living to to the age of 80 has doubled in the last fifty years.

get tough

It’s time to get tough with drunk drivers.

get undressed (= to take his clothes off )

He started to get undressed .

get up from your chair ( also rise from your chair formal )

He got up from his chair and walked to the window.

get up from your desk

He got up from his desk to welcome the visitors.

get up from/leave the table

She stood up from her chair and left the table.

get up (= get out of bed )

It’s time to get up .

get up/wake up/be up early

Set the alarm for six – I have to be up early tomorrow.

get well

I hope you get well again soon.

get wet

We both got very wet when we tried to give the dog a bath.

get what you deserve (= experience something bad after you have behaved badly )

I like films where the bad guys get what they deserve.

get what you want

You’ve got what you wanted, so you might as well leave.

get your breath back ( also catch your breath ) (= start breathing normally again )

He leant against a tree until he had got his breath back.

get your deposit back

You'll get your deposit back when all the bills have been paid.

get your facts right/straight (= make sure that what you say or believe is correct )

You should get your facts straight before making accusations.

get your facts wrong

It’s no use putting together a beautifully-written argument if you get your facts wrong.

get (your) revenge

Louise eventually got her revenge by reporting him to the immigration service.

get/be cross (with sb)

She gets cross when he goes out drinking.

Sometimes I get very cross with the children.

get/be given a hero’s welcome (= be treated as a hero when you arrive somewhere )

The team were given a hero’s welcome when they returned to the city.

get/be given an airing

an issue that wasn’t given an airing during the campaign

get/be lumbered with sth

A career was less easy once I was lumbered with a husband and children.

get/become depressed

If you get depressed, talk to someone about it.

get/become embarrassed

Sometimes I get embarrassed, and I start to stutter.

get/become emotional

He became very emotional when we had to leave.

get/become frantic

There was still no news of Jill, and her parents were getting frantic.

get/become nervous

Everyone gets nervous before a big game.

get/become worried

You should have called me. I was getting worried.

get/become/grow worse

The recession was getting worse.

get...bite

Sometimes I sit for hours and never get a bite .

get...bollocking

I expect I’ll get a right bollocking from my boss when she finds out.

get/buy sth second hand

We got most of our furniture second hand.

get/catch a cough

A lot of people get coughs at this time of year.

get/catch a whiff of sth

As she walked past, I caught a whiff of her perfume.

get...cheap

She used to get meat cheap at the butcher’s.

get/come (straight) to the point (= talk about the most important thing immediately )

I haven't got much time so let's get straight to the point.

get...comeuppance

You’ll get your comeuppance one day!

get/develop a taste for sth ( also acquire a taste for sth formal ) (= to start to like something )

At university she developed a taste for performing.

get/develop an illness

She developed the illness when she was in her 50s.

get/develop an infection

She got a nasty throat infection which meant she couldn’t sing.

get...developed

Did you ever get the pictures developed ?

get...diploma

I’m hoping to get my teaching diploma this year.

get/draw support

The plan drew wide support from parents.

get...excited

Maria’s starting to get pretty excited about the wedding.

get/feel/be seasick

Hal was seasick almost at once.

get/find a job

Eventually, Mary got a job as a waitress.

get...framed

I’m going to get the picture framed .

get/gain a degree

She worked hard and got a good degree.

get/gain an advantage

Both teams tried to get an advantage.

get/gain an edge over sb/sth (= gain a small advantage over someone or something else )

A well trained workforce is a key factor in gaining a competitive edge over our rivals.

get/gain experience

He suggested that I should gain some experience in a related industry like travel.

get/gain power

Women were trying to gain power in a male-dominated world.

get/gain/obtain a licence

New private pilots must fly for at least fifty hours before getting their licences.

get/gain/receive a majority

If no one gets an overall majority, the vote is repeated.

get/go from A to B

Hiring a car was the best way to get from A to B.

get...going (= make it work )

I couldn’t get the pump going .

get/grow/become maudlin

Sir Ralph was becoming maudlin after his third glass of claret.

get/have a call ( also receive a call formal )

At 11 in the evening we got a call from the police.

get/have a chance to do sth

I’d like a job in which I get the chance to travel.

get/have a fright

I got an awful fright when I realised how much money I owed.

get/have a shock

I got a shock when I saw how thin he had become.

get/have a surprise

We got a surprise when we got home and found him waiting for us.

get/have a warm etc reception ( also receive a warm etc reception formal )

As he came on, Rocky got a great reception from the crowd.

get/have an inquiry (= receive it )

We’ve already had a lot of inquiries about membership of the new sports centre.

get/have hiccups BrE, get/have the hiccups American English

Don’t drink so fast – you’ll get hiccups.

get/have your wish (= get what you want )

She wanted him to leave, and she got her wish.

get/have/receive treatment

Two boys received treatment for gunshot wounds.

get...heavy

She didn’t want things to get too heavy at such an early stage in their relationship.

get/keep the weight off (= become or stay thinner )

I changed my eating habits so I'd keep the weight off.

get/keep things moving

The plan should boost employment and get things moving in the economy.

get/keep your weight down (= become thinner or stay thin )

How can I keep my weight down?

get/keep/stay ahead

Getting ahead at work is the most important thing to her at the moment.

get...muddled up

Spanish and Italian are very similar and I sometimes get them muddled up .

get/obtain a confession

Threats must not be used in order to obtain confessions.

get/obtain a grant

You may be able to get a grant to learn a trade.

get/obtain credit (= be allowed to buy sth on credit )

The economic situation is making it more difficult for people to get credit.

get/obtain/seek advice from an expert (= ask an expert for information or advice )

Don’t make big financial decisions without first seeking advice from an expert.

get...offended

I get very offended when he talks to me like that.

get...out of a tight spot

I hope you can help get me out of a tight spot .

get...pissed off

You get really pissed off applying for jobs all the time.

Get...quotations

Get a couple of quotations from different companies before you decide which one to use.

get...ready

I’ve got to get a room ready for our guests.

get/receive a boost

The community will get a boost from a new library and recreation center.

get/receive a compliment

The exhibition has received a lot of compliments from the public.

get/receive a discount

You get a discount if you book more than ten tickets.

get/receive a mention

This type of research rarely gets a mention in the media.

get/receive a nomination

The film got the nomination for Best Drama.

get/receive a pension

They receive the basic state pension.

get/receive a sentence ( also be given a sentence )

She was given a three-year prison sentence.

get/receive a welcome

He received a warm welcome.

get/receive aid

Ethiopia receives less foreign aid than any other developing country.

get/receive an answer

She wrote to him but she never got an answer.

get/receive an apology

He received a formal apology from the company.

get/receive an award

He is the youngest person ever to receive the award.

get/receive an education

Some children grow up without receiving any education.

get/receive an email

Within seconds, I got an email confirming the booking.

get/receive an invitation

Did you get an invitation to Janet's party?

get/receive an offer

He received the offer of a place at Cambridge University.

get/receive assistance

She got no assistance from her family.

get/receive help from sb

You will be able to get confidential help from your doctor.

get/receive help

She gets no help from her husband.

get/receive information

It is vital that people receive the information they need.

get/receive mail

Did we get any mail this morning?

get/receive your reward

If you work hard, you will get your reward.

get/receive/obtain/win approval

For over twenty years it was impossible for NASA to get approval for this mission.

get...repaired

Where can I get my shoes repaired ?

gets a bum rap

Cleveland always gets a bum rap in the press.

gets a buzz

Neil gets a buzz from drinking one beer.

gets better (= recovers from an illness )

I hope he gets better soon.

gets frustrated

He gets frustrated when people don’t understand what he’s trying to say.

gets his just deserts (= is punished in the way he deserves )

I hope that he’s caught and gets his just deserts .

gets in a strop

She’s a nice person but she just gets in a strop so easily.

gets underway (= starts )

Your peace will be shattered when the tourist season gets underway .

gets...clearance

She’ll race if she gets medical clearance from her doctor.

get/see sth in perspective (= judge the importance of something correctly by considering it in relation to other things )

You’ve got to take a wider view and get things in perspective.

get...smack

You’re going to get a smack in a minute!

get...sorted out

I’ll be glad to get this misunderstanding sorted out .

get...sorted

I just want to get everything sorted before I go away.

get...spanking

If you don’t stop that noise, you’ll get a spanking !

Get...squared away

Get your work squared away before you leave.

get/step out of line

Anybody who steps out of line will be in deep trouble.

get...straight

It took me two hours to get the house straight .

get/take hold of sth (= start holding something )

Wallace took hold of Fred’s jacket and pulled him roughly backwards.

get/take/catch a bus

Can we get a bus from here to Reading?

get...tan

I wish I could get a tan like that.

get...thrashing

If you speak to your mother like that again, you’ll get a thrashing .

getting airplay

The new single is already getting airplay.

getting browned off

They are getting browned off by the situation.

getting caught

Her microphone was forever getting caught on her clothes.

getting cleaned up

Dad’s upstairs getting cleaned up .

getting divorced

My parents are getting divorced .

getting dressed

Can you wait a minute? I’m just getting dressed .

getting engaged

Have you heard? Sally and Ray are getting engaged .

getting on all right

The kids seem to be getting on all right at school.

getting ratty

I feel guilty about getting ratty with the children.

getting started

The party was just getting started when Sara arrived.

getting there (= coming to the end of the process )

There’s still a lot of work to do, but we’re getting there slowly.

getting to know

We’re still getting to know each other really.

getting uptight

You have to learn to laugh instead of getting uptight about things.

getting...nowhere fast (= was not helping me achieve anything )

I soon realized that being tough was getting me nowhere fast .

getting...square deal

I’m not getting a square deal here.

get/turn nasty especially BrE (= suddenly start behaving in a threatening way )

When Harry refused, Don turned nasty and went for him with both fists.

get...worked up

You shouldn’t get so worked up about it.

give sb/get a dressing-down

The tobacco companies got a severe dressing-down.

give (sb)/get the all clear

We’ve got the all clear for the new project.

give sb/get/have a head start

Give your children a head start by sending them to nursery school.

go back/get back to sleep (= sleep again after waking up )

He shut his eyes and went back to sleep.

got a cheek

She’s got a cheek ; she just goes on till she gets what she wants.

got a first in

Helen got a first in Law.

got a lot on...mind (= a lot of problems to worry about )

Sorry I forgot. I’ve got a lot on my mind at the moment.

got a phone call

I got a phone call from someone called Mike.

got a...hang-up

She’s got a real hang-up about her body.

got arrested

I got arrested for careless driving.

got bogged down

The car got bogged down in the mud.

got broken (= became broken )

Do you know how the phone got broken ?

got busted for drugs

Davis got busted for drugs .

got clogged up

Over many years, the pipes had got clogged up with grease.

got creamed

We got creamed 45–6.

got enough to worry about (= she already has a lot of problems or is very busy )

Don’t tell Mum about this – she’s got enough to worry about .

got fed up

Anna got fed up with waiting.

got frostbite

I nearly got frostbite .

got half the chance

I’d go to university if I got half the chance .

got here in one piece

Ring Mum and let her know we got here in one piece .

got hooked

I got hooked on TV when I was sick.

got hooked

I know a girl who got hooked on cocaine.

got into print (= was printed )

Very little of his poetry actually got into print .

got into...scrapes

He got into all sorts of scrapes as a boy.

got it cracked

He seems to have got it cracked .

got more than...bargained for

The thief got more than he bargained for , as Mr Cox tripped him up with his walking stick.

got off to a flying start

The appeal has got off to a flying start , with over £200,000 raised in the first week.

got on the line to (= phoned )

I got on the line to the hospital as soon as I heard about the accident.

got run over

She got run over outside the school.

got shafted

I can’t believe you paid that much. You got shafted .

got soaked

Her shoes got soaked as she walked through the wet grass.

got soft

He’d got soft after all those years in a desk job.

got stuck

They got stuck in a traffic jam.

got the brush-off

I tried to be friendly but I just got the brush-off.

got the flu

She’s got the flu .

got the sack

He got the sack for stealing.

got the thumbs down

Her performance got the thumbs down from the critics.

got to like (= began to like her )

In time, I got to like her .

got tonsillitis

Sam’s got tonsillitis .

got toothache

I’ve got toothache .

got waylaid

Sorry, we got waylaid at the bar.

got...crocked

Kitty got totally crocked last night.

got...exposure

The failure of their marriage has got a lot of exposure recently.

got...into...mess

You got us into this mess , Terry. You can get us out of it.

got...lined up

He’s already got a new job lined up .

got...lost

I got thoroughly lost on the way here.

got...mashed

We got completely mashed last night.

got...mixed up

I must have got the times mixed up .

got...mixed up

My papers got all mixed up .

got...muddled up

Could you just repeat those figures – I’ve got a bit muddled up .

got...Oscar (= won it )

Who got the Oscar for best actress?

got...second wind

He got his second wind and ran on.

got...slaughtered

We all got completely slaughtered last night.

got...squashed

The cake got a bit squashed on the way here.

got...stuck

I’ve got something stuck in my throat.

have (got) a cold

She’s staying at home today because she’s got a cold.

have (got) a cough

I’ve had a cough for weeks now.

have/get a bad name

The bar had a bad name and was avoided by all the locals.

have/get (a) cramp

One of the swimmers got cramp and had to drop out of the race.

have/get a haircut

I haven’t had a haircut for months!

have/get a migraine

I won’t be coming this evening – I’ve got a migraine.

have/get a view of sth

She had a clear view of the street from her window.

have/get an erection

have/get first pick (of sth)

She always gets first pick of the videos.

have/get leave

How much annual leave do you get?

have/get sb/sth sussed

Don’t worry, I’ve got him sussed.

have/get sth down to a fine art (= do something very well )

I’ve got the early morning routine down to a fine art.

have/get sth seen to

You should get that tooth seen to by a dentist.

have/get the munchies

Get me a packet of crisps – I have the munchies.

have/get time to do sth

We never get time to do anything together.

have/get/receive a telephone call

I had a telephone call from George this morning.

I'm a Celebrity ... Get me Out of Here!

It gets dark (= night begins )

It gets dark about ten o'clock.

keep sth/get sth back on an even keel

Now that the crisis is over, we must try to get things back on an even keel.

keep/get (sth) in trim

If you want to get in trim for summer, try aerobics.

My job was to keep the garden in trim.

land/get yourself in hot water

She got herself in hot water with the authorities.

marry/get married in a church

I’d like to get married in a church.

nothing to get excited about (= not very good or special )

The food was nothing to get excited about .

On your marks – get set – go (= said to start a race )

On your marks – get set – go .

overcome/clear/get over etc a hurdle (= deal successfully with a problem )

passengers get on/off a bus/plane etc

The bus stopped and half the passengers got off.

put/get in a plug (for sth)

During the show she managed to put in a plug for her new book.

put/get your point across (= make people understand it )

I think we got our point across.

reach/get to a stage

We have reached the stage where no-one is safe to walk our streets at night.

receive/be given/get recognition

Younger women artists are now getting wider recognition.

receive/get/achieve/score a rating

The Department of Computer Science received a top rating last year.

receive/get/have coverage

The exhibition has received extensive coverage in the press.

receive/obtain/get a mandate

On this issue he does seem to have received a clear mandate from the electorate.

reduce inflation/get inflation down

The government has promised to reduce inflation to 3%.

The government's top priority is to get inflation down to 2%.

regain/get back/recover your sanity

I took a vacation to try to recover my sanity.

run into/get into difficulties (= find yourself in a difficult situation )

Three people were rescued from a boat that had got into difficulties.

sb's eyesight gets worse/deteriorates

Your eyesight gradually deteriorates with age.

sb's hearing gets worse ( also sb's hearing deteriorates )

The medication seemed to make her hearing get worse.

see/take/get sb’s point (= understand or agree with it )

OK, I take your point. But it’s not that easy.

set to/get to/get down to work (= start work )

They set to work cutting down trees and brushwood.

set to/get to/get down to work (= start work )

They set to work cutting down trees and brushwood.

sth gets lost in the post

I'm afraid the cheque must have got lost in the post.

take/get a close look

She moved forward to take a close look at the painting.

take/get a statement from sb

I asked the police why they didn’t take a statement from me four years ago.

take/get a taxi

We took a taxi to the hotel.

take/get a train

I took the first train home.

take/get/catch a cab (= travel by cab )

Why don't we take a cab to the theater?

tempers get/become frayed British English (= people become annoyed )

People were pushing each other, and tempers were becoming frayed.

the pain gets worse

If the pain gets any worse, see your doctor.

things get too hot (= a situation becomes too difficult or dangerous to deal with )

If things get too hot , I can always leave.

things get worse

As the recession proceeds, things will get worse.

when the going gets tough (the tough get going) informal (= used to say that when a situation becomes difficult, strong people take the necessary action to deal with it )

when the going gets tough (the tough get going) informal (= used to say that when a situation becomes difficult, strong people take the necessary action to deal with it )

win/get a contract

They won a contract to supply 37 passenger trains to Regional Railways.

won’t get that far (= won’t go as far as that place )

The lake is about 4 miles away, but we probably won’t get that far .

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

along

And we did get along fine.

I took it without a moment of hesitation and we got along very well together.

Wolves and Goblins seem to get along very well, and the two races have thrived together.

Many people get along using the same programs and never move on to new versions.

She said she does not get along well with her children and can not get them to clean.

We got along , all that time.

He has allowed the country to see that it can get along without Washington.

But last spring, they seemed more than players with talents that fit well together and friends that got along comfortably.

around

Good thing you got around to it, weighing her down and all that, getting her nice and heavy.

Growers can get around the ban by planting vines for quality wines rather than table wines.

A few news articles eventually appeared; word got around on the East Coast and Midwest.

We never got around to buying a quilt, although Selina knows feathers make me sneeze.

She was forced to rely on a wheelchair to get around .

Julian had never got around to asking, but now he knew that it had been Guy Hanthorpe.

Enter the Internet as a way to get around parental censorship.

away

But, somehow, Howey gets away with it.

It took her longer to get away .

Maybe he couldn't get away and, after all, he had been wonderful to her earlier.

And very often, they could get away with that without paying any price at all.

When he is perched precariously on a sandbag at the time, however, you could just about get away with charging extra.

How is it that they are getting away with this fishing expedition among 90 people?

So like many others, my father went to Beirut to get away .

back

By the time we got back to the caravan that night we were all whacked.

He got back in the car even though he was nearly killed and partially blinded by a wreck in 1994.

They are saying they want to get back to the point where their hard work brought frequent, real, deep satisfaction.

When the sergeant finished his beer, he returned to the station and got back behind the desk.

It was nice to find it waiting for us when we got back from Telford - a change from all the bills!

Miguel waited for his car to pass by them before he got back into the car, his hands cold and trembling.

Let us get back to the main argument.

You get back into your old routine and convince yourself that it is not as bad as you thought.

better

But as the evening moved on she discovered she was getting better at her job.

She still needed hospital care but certainly seemed to be getting better .

I can't help feeling that this will make things worse for most people before they get better .

To keep getting better , you must improve.

The bail arm button at the front is responsive and I found gets better with use.

The only thing we can do is get better .

I just thought I better get something but once these attacks start it's a bit too late to take anything really.

We better get the off before sunset.

home

She'd give Gloria a piece of her mind when she got home !

As soon as she got home , the telephone began ringing continually.

Every day I considered myself lucky to get home from school without serious injury.

He waited until we got home before shoving me into the wall behind my bedroom door.

How could I live up to them when I got home ?

We got home in record time.

I turn around to ask her if she knows how I can get home .

When I get home at night, I bring out my kanji book and find the characters.

in

A word is as much as you will get in edgeways.

At that stage I'd have agreed to anything just to get in .

Fifteen years ago, students came to me with this priority list of questions: Where can I get in ?

He or she had taken trouble over the arrangement of the facts and in getting in as much relevant information as possible.

The hammock she had given up weeks ago; she could not have got out of it if she had got in .

Off she's been at nights; couldn't get in quick enough and couldn't get out quick enough.

Get in and outa water when I say.

never

Masklin thought: if Dorcas were here, we'd never get him to leave.

But that old squirrel never got far from the next pounce.

They could never get him to tell anything about the life he had lived before he came to Knockglen.

The 17, 248 sheep in attendance never got things to eardrum-shattering decibels, which was both unusual and a relief.

In one swoop the feeling swallowed her up and she had never got rid of it since.

I never got to know Ed that well.

While Stavrogin never gets to see Tikhon, the immediate future holds murder in store for Shatov.

You can never get used to it.

off

It's time to s t or get off the pot chaps.

Yet diesel gets off easily when it comes to pollution controls.

A small number of cooperatives and self-managed enterprises have got off to a good start.

It may be so, but we have to get off that shit.

We got off and took cover for a while, then came up and got another bus to Fulham.

And Alice had better get off her high horse and realize there was more to life than mooning over Lester Stoner.

I got on the subway and had to get off because I was feeling sick.

A new crew member arrives at the boat, gets a bad feeling and abruptly gets off .

on

The train came in and I got on .

Bush's low-key message is that the important thing is to get on with the job.

He was a cheerful chap and we got on terribly well.

For the time being we got on comfortably, like a couple.

Families are influenced by many factors besides how well individual members get on with each other.

In an earlier world the architect got on with the drawings.

This time, he convinced himself, he would confront his fears and get on with his life.

He wanted to know how I'd been getting on , and who'd been helping me out.

out

Rather than inciting its detainees to try and get out , Le Portalet probably taunted them with the impossibility of such a thing.

For I had been planning for years to get out of corporate life-and now I had finally done it.

Buried under debris for hours till he was got out .

Jen handed me the computer and got out so she could see them, too.

I got out silently at the next roundabout.

Just get out there and sing.

We've got to get out !

One day, several weeks before, Harold came running up to me as I was getting out of my car.

there

In Chester one shop had one copy left and would save it for me if I could get there that afternoon.

He was to take office just as soon as the snow-clogged streets of Manhattan were cleared enough for him to get there .

When they get there the china cabinet is still in one piece but the budgie is dead.

He walked over to the other agents and said, Hey, you know who you got there ?

Religion can be part of the technique you use to get there in an age where technology is supreme.

There were two ways to get there: a 120-kilometer, four-hour drive around the bay, or the ferry.

We looked at some mouldy bread and started to wonder how the mould first got there .

I was up there getting the wood when Ted turned up.

through

At any one moment, thousands of users may be trying to get through to the most popular sites.

Officers in the field did on occasion have to struggle to get through to an official's home number.

A glitch in the customer-service software left customers unable to get through to help lines.

But residents say this will make it difficult for emergency vehicles to get through .

At last the message got through .

It was getting through to the readers on a human level that counted.

I had only to get through so many weeks, so many months, and everything would be as it was.

together

I got together a bit of money - and there I was, on to the next part of the journey.

We get together , start whining, and then we go on strike.

As a result, record labels and publishers are trying to get together some form of code of ethics on sampling.

Companies that get together no longer need as many accountants or vice presidents of marketing as each had before the merger.

Four times a year Cromadex designates training days when sales people from various centres get together .

On Saturday afternoon, they got together for the fourth time.

Get together a range of things to bash.

Encourage the student to get together with a classmate to work through assignments.

up

But the day when he gets up there to 30, it all changes, it really does.

Paradise, get up , the old maestro has come to see you.

I get up early in the morning and read, then go to the lectures, then read again at night.

Alice hurriedly put out the cigarette and got up to empty the ash tray.

She got up and they shook hands.

When the timer goes off, he may get up .

Pat was so incensed he got up at once and hit Jock, and Mrs Lennox screamed.

Finally I got up the nerve to check him into the state treatment center up north.

■ NOUN

bed

Don't worry, the police are good at getting solicitors out of bed on Sundays.

And staying awake long enough to get our kids into bed .

On Sunday night Shiona got ready for bed , knowing that by next morning Janice would be gone.

In the hotel, Jen cleaned up and got into bed .

It is much better to get out of bed and return after a short period when you feel more tired.

He also began to get weaker and weaker until he could not get out of bed .

She got ready for bed and then stood on the balcony looking at the moonlit night and the mountains.

As soon as they get an empty bed .

car

The clock on St John's kirk struck twelve as she got into her car .

I only got in the car to go to church.

Loyalist killers opened fire as the man was getting out of a car .

Some howled and some just stared at us as we got out of the car .

I honestly don't get this car .

Solution: We set up a station on the ground floor so drivers can pay their fees before getting in their cars .

At eight o'clock he got in his car and went to the office.

chance

Now the authorities say she has little chance of getting them back.

Does he have a chance to get a medal?

Like the sun's rays, sunbeds accelerate ageing and increase the chances of getting skin cancer.

It is a legacy of his past monogamy: Choose well, for it may be the only chance you will get .

A thousand miles from Bristol for all the chance she had of getting away.

Tuesday afternoon Decide to give the rich a chance to get richer.

Compact aims to improve your chances of getting a worthwhile job, when you want one.

That way, you stand a better chance of getting the impatient reader to absorb the essence of your message.

foot

The other guard managed to get to his feet , but something was growing in the air in front of him.

I couldn't possibly get the peg in the door before he got his foot in it.

He could get his feet on the ground by filling a lefty bullpen need.

When they saw her, they got quickly to their feet .

There was no call, and both got to their feet and went back to work.

He got to his feet and pulled on his jacket, heading for the front door.

When they started, there wasn't enough water to get their feet wet.

idea

You get hold of Charles Julian and see if he's got any ideas .

That was how he got the idea about the apple trees for his story.

And get no ideas about wrestling with me, Liu Chang.

He liked to record his music as soon as he got an idea .

They also wanted to get away from the idea of the traditional rock tour.

I definitely get the idea they want to send me home in a box.

In fact, when my Aunt Peg got the idea to scare her friends, she'd forgotten all about Mrs Sugar.

Del Plonka recalls that some one once got the bright idea of pumping water from the Saigon River into nearby tunnels.

job

My father had managed to get her a job in a friend's office just off Hatton Garden.

In all cases, the effective use of power was essential in getting the job done.

He didn't get a job for years.

Two of its producers got jobs as food handlers for Food Lion and worked there wearing tiny hidden cameras and microphones.

It was always assumed that they would get a job , a home, a wife and children, in that order.

Every generous inch a military man, Groves made important concessions to Oppenheimer in the interest of getting the job done.

He's got a job and everything going for him, and yet still he teams up with Billy.

The same sponsor then got him a job as the youngest assistant prosecutor in Cook County history.

look

Town should be unchanged, but top scorer, Craig Maskell might get a look in.

This visit is only to get a look inside, to stake out the room for future reference.

Nobody else gets much of a look in.

She stopped and glanced up to get a good look at him.

Flush fitting sides mean you get the look of a built in cooker is so desired.

The best nights for getting a first look , weather permitting, will be Thursday and Friday.

Vet was still popular but the other two didn't get a look in among the hundreds of answers.

lot

They've got the lot , dragged along by singer Patrick, a John Lydon sneer-a-like in an Oxfam suit.

We've got a lot of flushing to do.

I had been getting a lot of this.

I got a lot of stuff for free, a lot of people helped.

The league table shows they've got a lot of work to do though.

A year ago, Mitchell got a lot of work in preseason because Plummer was hurt.

I don't know whether she's changed or not, she's got an awful lot of growing up to do.

I get that way a lot .

message

He got one message to me.

The caller gets a recorded message that says you are not receiving blocked calls.

Do you ever wish you could get a message to somebody quickly when they are out and about?

Like I got a message or something for you.

And restaurants are getting the message .

I get fax messages printed out through my phone line in the hospital.

If the Minister has not got the message , perhaps he had better be given it.

And worse, I think he somehow got the message across to you.

money

People think that her half-brother sent the man to get money from her, and that he shared the profits.

So you need a good accountant to get the money for you.

It is often possible to get money at much lower cost without risking your home, he said.

Besides, we had to get some money to people, as Judge Moran once said.

If share prices fall over that time, a safety net guarantees you will get your money back.

Q: How did you go about getting the money ?

The accused and a couple of friends staged a false robbery to get the money from the victim.

In the second scandal, bail bondsmen were getting their money back from the courts after their customers jumped bail.

trouble

He got into trouble with the police and went away.

Payroll taxes get you into trouble , and withheld payroll taxes get you into big trouble.

I was angry at the system, and at him for getting into trouble .

Those are the kids who get in trouble .

She accused Nanny of making up stories about her and saying bad things to get Frankie into trouble .

First, they are misguided and are likely to get you into trouble .

Mum got you into trouble all right with me, didn't she?

Then he could think of a way to react that would help him get what he wanted without getting him into trouble .

■ VERB

hope

Let's hope he doesn't get eaten after mating.

For a couple of years, the board kept quiet about our financial situation, hoping that it would get better.

In the 70's we had one of the best pitches in the league, so let's hope it gets sorted out.

They hoped he would get used to the texture, smell, and taste of the apple.

They congregate off campus before and after school and during lunch, hoping not to get busted by passing teachers and administrators.

If you don't know these things how can you hope to get anything right?

let

If Madreidetic's anything like as unpleasant as their language, why should I let them get away with piracy?

Jody keeps her in. Let her get it out of her system, Jody thinks.

Unroll the carpet and let it get acclimatised to the room's atmosphere and temperature overnight before laying.

Munro never lets you get away with a facile, one-dimensional take.

I pressed her to me and let her get it over with.

I did not let the silver bowl get dull.

She was a fool to let anyone get round her.

It is time to let some one else get in and have their run at it.

try

I stood watching Harvey, trying to get beyond his moods to the man underneath.

I try to get other players to help him out, and he seems to be a very good learner.

Yes, he was trying to get a divorce but he couldn't.

We are trying to break the speech patterns of these children, trying to get them to speak properly.

There was a resolution he tried to get passed every year, condemning the invasion and calling for a withdrawal.

He was trying to get a grip on the world.

Meg tried to get up to see, but with a gentle pressure he pushed her back down.

And if we were lawyers we could spend all our time trying to get to the truth.

want

I didn't want to get into trouble.

I definitely want to get back in.

I thought years ago that you could go as far as you wanted , if you got a big enough rock.

They know Ijust want to get the job done.

He wanted to get away to think clearly.

You want to get the boat and the treasure to the surface of the water so that you can see it better.

I didn't want to get you involved in the fighting.

If you want water, get it.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(don't) get your knickers in a twist

(get) a bigger/better etc bang for your buck

(get) ten out of ten (for sth)

Gave it ten out of ten.

(give sb/get) the cold shoulder

A declaration of love, or the cold shoulder.

Giving the cold shoulder to his usual tipple, Ian Knight raises his coffee cup to Drinkwise Day.

She was sure that at some point she'd given some one the cold shoulder and hurt them badly without noticing.

So they have given girlfriends the cold shoulder.

Cat got your tongue?

What's happened to all your brains, Frankie boy? Cat got your tongue ?

Get lost!

I've got it

I've got news for you

I've only got one pair of hands

attract/catch/get sb's attention

be as good as it gets

be getting somewhere

Now we're really getting somewhere !

After four awful years, I finally felt I was getting somewhere .

At last I felt we were getting somewhere .

He could therefore be patient, for he was getting somewhere when he did not seem to be moving forward.

be getting/be going nowhere fast

be given/get your marching orders

be in a muddle/get into a muddle

be in a state/get into a state

be noticed/get (sb) noticed

be one up (on sb)/get one up on sb

be/get back on your feet

But we are reliably informed that Angus will be back on his feet and more importantly that seat tomorrow.

He got back on his feet , and they all made another parade around the stage.

In those early years, Macey helped Dole literally get back on his feet .

It was an inexpensive, safe, stable environment for families while they got back on their feet .

Never got back on her feet again, really.

The Mirror Group would soon be back on its feet .

We can get back on our feet .

be/get burned

A lot of people got burned buying junk bonds.

Jo's afraid of getting burned if she gets involved with someone again.

be/get called on the carpet

Demmons was called on the carpet by the Board of Supervisors to explain his excessive spending.

be/get carried away

But are we allowing ourselves to be carried away by false vanity?

He must not get carried away in this place, he thought.

He sometimes would get carried away and invite more than his allotted guests, which generated some irritation among members.

I get carried away, but I must learn now it's the big league.

It certainly seemed as if their brains got carried away when one type of receptive field was activated.

Lets not get carried away with thoughts of another 18 years in the wilderness.

So when we listen to music we should allow ourselves to be carried away into the musical paradise.

The problem.solver gets carried away by the interest of the idea.

be/get caught in/without etc sth

Don't expect to be caught in the rush.

He is caught in a storm and crashes.

He was caught in the end, trying to bury one of the bodies in the cemetery, in a fresh grave.

She was caught in the seducing current, and she could not break free.

The actual death toll is much greater because thousands more turtles are caught in fishing nets and suffocate.

The Tokyo government is caught in a dilemma, according to Hazelwood.

They are caught in this place of denial and unrealized emotion and desire.

Worse, he was caught in the cross fire of local conflicts.

be/get caught up in sth

We get caught up in the commercial aspects of Christmas.

And that headdress would get caught up in the overhead wires, you silly boy.

I am painfully aware of how we get caught up in our times and become contaminated by our own hypocrisy.

I thought at one time it might be caught up in the Christmas post.

Kenetech got caught up in that.

Landowners who get caught up in this bureaucratic runaround receive no compensation for their economic loss as a result of wetland determination.

Rather than just evolving in a gradual, uniform manner, the earth may actually be caught up in a repeating cycle.

Some of these girls get caught up in this freedom idea.

When this is augmented by oddly tangential keyboard sounds it's an enjoyable little maelstrom to be caught up in.

be/get done

A lot of hard work needs to be done .

Call it a freak accident and, hopefully, be done with it and race on.

Casting off may be daunting, but it has to be done .

If there is any uncertainty about that, a pelvic exam or sonogram may be done .

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done , on earth as it is in heaven.

To her, some things obviously had to be done , and that was that.

Unless this could be done , he asserted, its occupation would be pointless.

Where work will be done should not be an assumption; it is a question that must be asked.

be/get hip to sth

be/get in on sth

An outside linebacker, Abe enjoys the position because he can be in on every play, pass or run.

Even small independents are getting in on the act in a modest way, though.

Leese was getting in on the other side, and my cyclic stick moved as he bumped his with his leg.

That is neither right or wrong; we both have an interest and both want to be in on the decision.

The kind of place not to be in on a Sunday afternoon.

We had to make the game all-ticket so no-one came thinking they could get in on the day.

be/get in on the ground floor

be/get in over your head

How loan scams operate How homeowners get in over their heads with home equity loans: 1.

We had a feeling they might get in over their heads and they did.

be/get involved

At the very least, the outlets which sold the tickets before the official date should never again be involved in distribution.

But others were in decent shape and got involved via the telephone with people in other homes.

Does he accept that some people prefer to prepare for international emergencies and not necessarily be involved in the local scene?

I first got involved when I began collecting old paperbacks for the artwork on the cover.

It was not clear from the report which items of library expenditure were to be involved in that figure.

Just what was to be involved in the radical realignment of the welfare state was not always clear.

The principles of mutual aid are that members should be involved in a reciprocal supportive role.

When teens get involved in volunteering, they sense quickly the benefit to both the community and their own souls.

be/get lost in the shuffle

And in our sandwich, the grated cheese, when melted, got lost in the shuffle of the other ingredients.

The theory, however, broke down; both customers and employees got lost in the shuffle .

be/get mixed up in sth

A straight-laced Wall Street banker gets mixed up in one ludicrous misunderstanding after another in George Gallo's screwball comedy.

Everything else about this journey is starting to get mixed up in my head.

He defended me and Eddie when we got mixed up in a couple of scrapes.

He had to be mixed up in the Cicero Club.

Her son's got mixed up in it, probably demonstrated yesterday with the Socialists outside the Town Hall.

I still do not want to get mixed up in any Indochina decision....

It was nothing to do with her, and whatever it was she didn't want to be mixed up in it.

We weren't going to get mixed up in a job, when we were going home off duty.

be/get mixed up with sb

Answer: She would never have got mixed up with him in the first place.

But this all gets mixed up with motivation too: the horse must be motivated to learn.

I am beginning to get mixed up with the days of the month.

It's an odd business and it seems to be mixed up with Edwin Garland's will.

Of all the people you do not want to get mixed up with he is the first and the last.

Then Conley got mixed up with Charlie Keating and somehow lost millions of dollars, eventually ending up bankrupt.

Trust Auguste to get mixed up with it.

We used to get mixed up with the fight.

be/get on your high horse

All right, all right; don't get on your high horse.

Don't get on your high horse with me.

Oh, now he gets on his high horse and accuses me of being an anti-Semite!

be/get stampeded

Eisenhower would not be stampeded , although the opportunities for action were certainly present.

He was furious with Khrushchev for breaking the moratorium, but he refused to be stampeded into a new series of tests.

be/get tarred with the same brush

be/get togged up/out

The blokes all put on frocks, like, an' the chicks get togged up in strides.

be/get too big for your boots

be/get under your feet

The kids have been under my feet all day long.

That way you will not be under her feet .

be/get used to (doing) sth

Zach's not used to such spicy food.

Could it be used to predict the mating system of species that had not been studied?

He walked like an old man trying to get used to new glasses.

In housing, the market can not be used to move to the market.

Left: Scenes shot on telephoto appear to have compressed perspectives which can be used to good effect.

The bulldozer would be used to load them.

The password which will be used to limit access to the packages created.

The threat of this ex ante can then be used to ensure adherence to the agreement.

This money would be used to provide education, job-training assistance, childcare and program administration beginning later this year.

be/get/want shot of sb/sth

Helen couldn't wait to get shot of me.

If you want to get shot of it through DataEase, it depends on what version you're using.

burn your fingers/get your fingers burned

can't get enough of sth/sb

catch/get some Z's

climb/jump/get on the bandwagon

And everyone tried to climb on the bandwagon .

And other quick-serve restaurant chains, such as Boston Market, are jumping on the bandwagon .

Companies such as Oracle are jumping on the bandwagon , too, with low-priced network computers.

Competitors are certain to jump on the bandwagon with rival systems and Nimslo's much-vaunted patents could be unable to stop them.

For a while, the seif-centred members of celebrity circles were falling over themselves in their eagerness to jump on the bandwagon .

If the petition is advertised, more creditors may jump on the bandwagon .

Just a preliminary communication first, without the experimental details, so that nobody can jump on the bandwagon right away.

The Communists have climbed on the bandwagon , but only to put the brakes on.

come/get to grips with sth

At that time, she was still coming to grips with her unexpected plunge into social activism.

BInstitutions are just now coming to grips with the consequences.

In my view this is an evasion of the teacher's duty to enable pupils to get to grips with academic language.

Neither Jantzen nor McFague really gets to grips with the philosophical issues involved.

Now he's getting to grips with his injuries.

The whole program works very well, I still seem to have problems in getting to grips with some areas.

Tutorials on disk are the latest way to get to grips with problem areas.

We are still trying to come to grips with the problems identified by the Romantics.

come/go/get along

Depending on the circumstances, I was willing to go along .

I went along the colonnade to the corner of the southern front of the house.

In the best programs, 3-and 4-year-olds learn social skills, how to share and get along .

Rashly volunteering to be a contestant, I went along the previous Saturday to practice.

She said she does not get along well with her children and can not get them to clean.

She wants to go along too.

The countries in the region do not want Kosovo independence, and Washington appears to go along with that view.

Why don't you ask Brenda and Belinda to come along to Friday meetings?

don't get me wrong

Don't get me wrong - I like Jenny, but she can be a little bossy.

Don't get me wrong , I love my family, I just don't want to be with them all the time.

I like Jenny, don't get me wrong , but I do think she acts a little childishly at times.

draw/get the short straw

Rose had drawn the short straw, and was thus forced to seek Lord Westbourne clasping the Romanov dagger.

fall/get into the wrong hands

A crossed cheque therefore gives some protection against fraud if it falls into the wrong hands.

And images of Kurds on tape could fall into the wrong hands.

But some gun dealers have stopped selling replicas, because they're worried about them falling into the wrong hands.

Cards falling into the wrong hands cost the industry three hundred pounds every minute.

I will never allow Kirsty to fall into the wrong hands.

Pentagon officials say they have already had some success reducing the risk that nuclear materials will fall into the wrong hands.

Voice over Mr Foulkes is seeking Government safeguards to prevent Rayo from falling into the wrong hands.

find/get religion

Nichols found religion during his fifteen years in prison.

I look forward to watching Rainbow attempt to get religion in hopes of winning fair lady.

I wondered at what point he had got religion .

flattery will get you everywhere/nowhere

gain/get access (to sth)

The police managed to gain access through an upstairs window.

Dietary calcium gains access to the organism mostly by transport in the small intestine.

Environmentalists fear that many citizens will simply forge documents in order to gain access to the city centre.

Joe quickly gained access to the upper reaches of both Washingtons.

Once you realise that some blocks need to be matched early, in order to gain access to others, things get tougher.

Security is maintained by terminal operators using unique identification and password codes to gain access to the system.

There is no evidence that the intruder gained access to the source code for Office or any Windows products.

What Renaissance culture was and how we gain access to it increasingly became seen as problematic.

You gain access to your data by typing in a user name and password.

get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick

get (right) up sb's nose

Darren comes to stay with Nikki and is quick to get up the nose of everyone he meets.

Even reading your horoscope can get up your nose .

I didn't realise it would get up your nose so quickly and so far.

I took her to my room, so that her feathers wouldn't get up Mum's nose .

It had got up Rufus's nose a bit, though Adam had a perfect right to do this.

get (sb) off sb's back

Electioneering, he had talked tough about getting government off the backs of the people.

Even if that had happened, it didn't justify the violence of Steen's attempts to get Jacqui off his back .

He had a chance now to tell on Lee, to get him off his back , out of Jubilee Wood.

Ian denies all but tells them about Mel sleeping with Phil to get them off his back .

It would have been a good excuse to use to get Mr Parnham off his back .

Maybe he figured the only way to get her off his back was to confess.

She got the revolver off the back seat and put it into the glove compartment with the cartridges.

get (sth) rolling

After developing the infrastructure and getting the ball rolling , the mine churned out great quantities of lead and silver.

Celtic got the ball rolling with a goal from the impressive Nicholas after just 10 minutes.

Early arrivals heard one of our own, the superb John Hurley, get the ball rolling in the upstairs bar.

I got the process rolling by talking directly to every person in the wing.

If you could get on to Basil, then we can get the ball rolling .

Straightening your wheels puts them in the proper attitude to get them rolling again.

They were Mo Taylor getting himself rolling consistently toward the basket and dropping in finger rolls and jump shots.

To get the ball rolling , here a few for starters ... 1.

get (your name) on the scoresheet

Johansson got on the scoresheet himself just after the break to give Charlton the lead.

get a bang out of sth

She got a real bang out of seeing the kids in the school play.

get a charge out of sth

I really get a charge out of watching the kids learn.

get a fix on sb/sth

Have you managed to get a fix on the plane's position?

I sat there, trying to get a fix on the situation.

Another way to get a fix on people is to identify their heroes.

He tried to get a fix on it.

I sat and stared at him for a while, trying to get a fix on the situation.

It may be a little harder to get a fix on calcium.

get a grip

I remembered my first time, my trembling hand and Big Frank Connell hissing Get a grip .

Pet could, but Wee Charlie ... Get a grip ! she admonished herself, dashing her tears away.

Why was he shaking and breathless on the corner of some disgusting back street? Get a grip on yourself, Benjamin!

get a handle on sth

At least they have a handle on what caused the power failure.

Daily at five or six a. m. Mr Sammler woke up in Manhattan and tried to get a handle on the situation.

From these activities they really get a handle on where I want them to go.

Sun had difficulty getting a handle on the actual yield situation because week-to-week data on the silicon lots varied, Gadre said.

You figure you've got a handle on all but the most aberrant human behaviour.

get a jump on sb/sth

I want to get a jump on my Christmas shopping.

Admitting defeat, her husband was working Sunday to get a jump on the week.

get a life!

get a line on sb/sth

Have we got any kind of line on that guy Marston?

get a load of sb/sth

Get a load of Ted's new haircut!

And get a load of these turn signals.

Did you get a load of that accordionist?

I got loads of plants now.

I got loads of them now - mostly different colours.

Marie's got loads of friends, and they all came to say goodbye.

They'd all got loads of money.

We've got loads of time.

What delight to behave really badly and still get loads of sympathy!

get a move on

Come on Sally, get a move on!

Get a move on or we'll be late!

I think we'd better get moving , it's only five minutes to boarding time.

He'd better get a move on.

If Sister doesn't get a move on, they could always content themselves with the shortest children's story ever told.

If we didn't get a move on there wouldn't be a route left to do!

My brother-in-law began setting up our platform, and I made the mistake of telling him to get a move on.

Senior commission officials say that it is up to national governments to get a move on.

She had to get a move on if she was going to make it to the city before noon.

They keep shifting around and getting moved on and everyone acts like they're a general nuisance.

We have heard recently that Trafford is working on the same lines, so we will have to get a move on.

get a result

Answerable only to the president, they will suggest solutions to the ministries concerned and ensure they get results .

Despite his frailty he represented virility, he got results , he at least reacted mIghtily.

Except when he did work, he got results .

In short, the record shows that a large percentage of quality improvement training programs do not get results .

On the evidence, he was good at getting results .

Pollution control is about action in the field and getting results .

Self-development can he painful and confronting and getting results takes time.

The task was so daunting that Alvarado told Falco and his teachers to do whatever it took to get results .

get a rise out of sb

Bill likes to get a rise out of people, to say things just for effect.

After a while it began to sound like Bill was just growing accustomed to getting a rise out of people.

That gets a rise out of him every time.

get a word in (edgeways)

He found that even if he could get a word in edgewise it was encircled and cut off right away.

He told her it had not been easy to get a word in.

No one else can get a word in edgeways.

She barely got a word in.

So did Jim, although he said they'd never get a word in if he came.

Usually Aunt Sarah had a job to get a word in edge ways.

get above yourself

Ever since he'd given her that power of attorney she'd been getting above herself.

I was thought to be getting above myself because I refused to sight read a scene.

What was Cambridge, after all, but a small town which had got above itself?

get attention

We thought he was whining just to get some attention .

Alicia Silverstone plays an irascible rich girl who stages her own kidnapping to get attention from daddy.

It was a way of getting attention .

Moaners get attention but they're not much fun to have around!

So do not feel you have to make a fuss to get attention .

The Alsops' reporting got attention .

They will get attention in connection with the second hypothesis of the theory of determinism of this book.

You matter now - you're getting attention and recognition.

get away with murder

But the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is angry that some other local authorities are letting agents get away with murder .

He can get away with anything, he could get away with murder and my mom would still love him.

I think the women of your time have been allowed to get away with murder .

In those days people throughout the organization often got away with murder .

Sorcerer thought he could get away with murder .

They get away with murder because of their buying power.

When we played them last week, the officials let Erik Williams get away with murder .

Where are these men when, as you say, there are men literally getting away with murder ?

get away/off scot-free

The father, be he absentee or abusive, gets off scot-free .

get better

Braden's teams always get better as the season goes on.

Get some rest and get better , okay?

I didn't remember anything about the accident, but little by little, as I got better , memories started coming back to me.

I don't mind training hard, because you get better and better all the time.

I hope the weather gets better soon.

I hope you get better soon.

If things don't get better , we may end up having to sell the house.

Living conditions may get worse before they get better .

My back has been quite bad recently, but it's getting better slowly.

The first part of the book is pretty boring, but it gets a lot better as the story goes on.

And has it got better or worse?

At school I sometimes used to get better marks than him, but that was when he chose not to exert himself.

Even Quayle is getting better press than me.

Four decades ago in Britain girls were getting better results than boys in the 11-plus exam.

He was getting better every day, so much better, and yet business got worse and worse.

So the Giants do have to get better , and history suggests rather strongly that better means not staying the same.

To keep getting better , you must improve.

When you've been blown to bits, as Zimmerman had, you either train hard or you don't get better .

get cracking

Come on! - get cracking . I want this whole house clean by the time I get back.

Get cracking you people! I want the whole house cleaned by four o'clock.

I'm going to the library - I've got to get cracking on this paper.

It's time you got cracking with your homework.

When Alf arrives we'll get cracking moving the furniture.

You'd better get cracking if you want to get to the airport by ten.

As far as I was concerned, it was time to shake our toes and get cracking .

It was here the Saltwater Fisherman players finally got cracking .

Then get cracking , drop me a line with your suggestions.

get cut off

I don't know what happened - we just got cut off.

But my time on the Internet can range from only a few minutes to several hours before I get cut off.

Hi I was looking for Carolyn I think I got cut off.

get down to brass tacks

get dressed

I got dressed quickly and ran outside.

Rob got dressed in a hurry.

Sandra's in the bedroom getting dressed .

After washing, we wandered around outside the tents drying in the sun and getting dressed .

I just wanted to get dressed in peace.

It took me fifteen minutes to get dressed .

Liz dragged her out of bed and stood over her while she got dressed .

Ruta, get dressed , get dressed quick.

The nappy changes, the meal times, the endless trips round supermarkets, school times, getting dressed and so on?

get even (with sb)

I'll get even with you -- just wait!

A sexy female boss hiding dark family secrets from her past and using her street smarts to get even .

After Alyssa and Holden hook up, things get even weirder.

By the time I had managed to contact mum on the telephone the flooding was getting even worse.

If they could get even some of the men in Grantley to take the blood test they would be half way home.

The others expected and got little enough: they got even less.

When your world falls apart, do you get mad, get out or get even ?

You need 100 percent gain from $ 25 to $ 50 to get even .

get heavy (with sb)

Clouds of steam from the dishwasher filled the room when the going got heavy .

Don't get heavy , said headvoice.

It also offers a very impressive solution to one of guitar recording's biggest problems: getting heavy distortion on to tape.

It was time for the regulators to get heavy .

Only a dozen or so of the creeps in the black nighties, but they've got heavy weapons.

Prices will vary from area to area and if we get heavy rain supplies will fall, forcing prices to rise.

get hitched

He got hitched fifteen years ago to some fashion model.

Think about it: How old were your parents when they got hitched ?

We watched six couples getting hitched in the tranquil setting of the garden gazebo before having their pictures taken on the beach.

get hold of an idea/an impression/a story etc

get hold of sb

And the first day you arrive you contrive to get hold of this!

Could you get hold of the kids, please?

I think what happened was that Nick had been hanging around waiting to get hold of her.

It was as though something had got hold of her feet and was trying to pull them.

Jack wouldn't shoot so long as he'd got hold of him.

She was absorbedly prodding the aged melon, which she had somehow got hold of.

Then you put a good big handle on it, so that everyone can get hold of it and pick it up.

Wherever he was in the world he managed to get hold of all the important rugby results.

get hold of sth

And the first day you arrive you contrive to get hold of this!

Could you get hold of the kids, please?

I think what happened was that Nick had been hanging around waiting to get hold of her.

It was as though something had got hold of her feet and was trying to pull them.

Jack wouldn't shoot so long as he'd got hold of him.

She was absorbedly prodding the aged melon, which she had somehow got hold of.

Then you put a good big handle on it, so that everyone can get hold of it and pick it up.

Wherever he was in the world he managed to get hold of all the important rugby results.

get hot under the collar

But they get hot under the collar about trips behind the old Iron Curtain.

Read in studio Two leading ice cream manufacturers are getting hot under the collar in a row over trade.

Third, people should get hot under the collar when presented with dreary architecture.

get in a lather

The mayor's supporters get in a lather over those kinds of accusation.

get in on the act

Democrats want tax cuts - now Republicans want to get in on the act .

Movie theater chains are expanding rapidly, and even small local theaters are getting in on the act .

Now that our exporting business to Eastern Europe has grown so successful, everyone wants to get in on the act .

Produce stands sell exotic vegetables to Asian customers, and now even supermarkets are getting in on the act .

As the child gets older, other agencies get in on the act .

Even small independents are getting in on the act in a modest way, though.

Now we want to get in on the act .

The Hague Linker is getting in on the act .

The Soviet Army, has also been getting in on the act .

They are not anxious for others to get in on the act .

With Boro in disarray, even Charlton's defenders got in on the act .

get in sb's face

They play a gritty game, always in your face , always yapping, getting in your face.

You get in their face , they get in yours.

get in sb's hair

He can't get in our hair .

get in the way of sth

As a result, Allan says, politics gets in the way of devising economically and environmentally logical policies.

But, hey, never let the truth get in the way of political grandstanding.

George then shot Lennie because he was angry at Lennie for getting in the way of his dreams coming true.

He got himself upright again and never let his disapproval get in the way of our friendship.

I get in the way of his religion.

She got in the way of their passionate preoccupations.

Thinking these thoughts gets in the way of my learning about sines and cosines.

You cut off all the old you that gets in the way of the maker you.

get in through the back door

get in touch with sth

I'm finally able to get in touch with who I am.

Be still for a moment to get in touch with your own breathing.

He thought that we get in touch with the world and others through meaningful work.

He tried to get in touch with Spider.

HomePro.com HomePro aims to make it easier for homeowners to get in touch with true trade professionals.

Insurance companies can get in touch with the site and negotiate a price for their return.

Is that getting in touch with nature?

No-one could get in touch with you.

Then get in touch with me.

get into the swing of it/things

As the afternoon wears on, Paul Merton gets into the swing of things.

But once you get into the swing of it, the anatomy takes care of itself.

In the evening a fun event will be held to get into the swing of things.

get into the way of doing sth

The women had got into the way of going up on the deck every evening.

get into your stride

By half-past three, when their lessons were normally over, Hugo felt he was getting into his stride .

If this book has a significant weakness, it is simply that it takes three chapters to get into its stride .

In some peculiar way he seemed to be getting into his stride .

Just as the teacher was getting into her stride , the whole school was plunged into darkness.

The first speaker was getting into his stride .

The work had scarcely got into its stride before it was interrupted by the outbreak of the Wars of Independence.

They were just getting into their stride when they received an invitation from Lila to come to her place.

get it in the neck

get jiggy

get knotted!

get laid

Some guys are just looking to get laid .

A: Yes, San Francisco was the place you came to get laid .

And, of course, the sexiest man iii the world is never gon na get laid .

Guys who want to get laid .

I can get laid any day of the week right here at home.

I had eight hours to get laid .

If you can't get loved, get laid .

Marxism can be a way to get rich or get laid .

They came to read Dante, drink wine, sit in the sun and get laid .

get lost (in sth)

It's easy for your main points to get lost in the middle of a long essay.

A major issue in hypermedia, however, is the danger of users getting lost among the complex network of multimedia nodes.

Discovering the real Tuscany, we had learned, requires getting lost .

In spite of all I could do, it was getting tough to keep from getting lost .

One could easily get lost in there for ever, Moira F. said.

One of them got lost in the corridors and another dropped some important equipment into the sea.

The many tracks through the woods make it easy to get lost - but that's never bothered me.

We could get lost in those woods at night, paint or no paint.

Without my markers I was afraid of getting lost .

get moving

We'd better get moving if we don't want to miss the start of the movie.

Alan promises to get moving , but Jody hears nothing for several days.

And you'd better get moving if you're going to meet the deadline.

Anurag Singh took a little longer to get moving .

He would have to get moving before reinforcements arrived.

Mr Fineman says that Darden has the financial muscle to hurt its competitors -- if the company ever gets moving .

The kids were still there urging Forrest to get moving .

This seemed like a good idea until we got moving .

You're here to work, so get moving .

get no change out of sb

get off easy

You got off pretty easy if you only had to pay a $33 fine.

Newbill got off easy , but he was about the only one.

Rich celebrities are allowed to hire good lawyers and get off easy .

get off lightly

I'm letting you off lightly this time, but next time you could end up in jail.

Bill Stubbly had got off lightly - so far.

But that doesn't mean that the person responsible should be allowed to get off lightly .

He'd got off lightly with the men earlier.

Mind you, Little Liz got off lightly .

Really she was getting off lightly with a few glasses of bleach.

Reno got off lightly compared to Curran.

You got off lightly in the alley tonight.

get off my case

OK, OK, just get off my case , will you?

get off on the wrong foot

We just got off on the wrong foot the other day.

Unfortunately, Pope got off on the wrong foot with his new troops.

We got off on the wrong foot the other day and it was my fault.

get off the ground

Construction of the theme park never got off the ground .

And the guerrilla strategy for influencing senior partners never got off the ground .

But it has taken the project some time to get off the ground .

He's been trying to get off the ground since the mid-60s.

He laughed, because I was still to get off the ground .

High-definition television, still getting off the ground , is sharper but still too poor for text.

It never got off the ground .

One Tucson businessman announced that he was organizing such an effort in early 1995, but it never got off the ground .

The group was slow to get off the ground , despite an encouraging article about the group in the Rotherham Advertiser.

get off the track

After debating, I decided that I should not get off the track .

I almost wet in my pants before I got off the track to relieve myself.

get off your arse

get off your backside

Sitting there, day in, day out, hardly able to get off his backside .

They should get off their backsides and let us see what they intend to do about it.

get on sb's nerves

I hope Emma isn't going to be there - she really gets on my nerves .

Nick's whining is really starting to get on my nerves .

The noise from the apartment upstairs was beginning to get on my nerves .

Angry Dear Angry: We can understand how these kids can get on your nerves .

As much as they got on her nerves , still she could not bring herself to talk behind their backs.

But things now were really getting on his nerves .

Everyone was getting on each other's nerves , and there was tension all the time.

His son got on his nerves all the time.

The noise and the smell were getting on his nerves .

They really get on my nerves .

This is really starting to get on my nerves .

get on sb's tits

get on sb's wick

Ultimately, it just gets on your wick .

get on the stick

We really need to get on the stick and get those trees planted.

get on the wrong side of sb

If you get on the wrong side of Miss Trunchbull she can liquidise you like a carrot in a kitchen blender.

Linda Smith got on the wrong side of the National Rifle Association recently.

She was going to find out shortly that she couldn't get on the wrong side of Harry without paying for it.

Travis, remind me not to get on the wrong side of you again.

get on the wrong side of sb

If you get on the wrong side of Miss Trunchbull she can liquidise you like a carrot in a kitchen blender.

Linda Smith got on the wrong side of the National Rifle Association recently.

She was going to find out shortly that she couldn't get on the wrong side of Harry without paying for it.

Travis, remind me not to get on the wrong side of you again.

get on the wrong side of the law

get on top of sb

get on/along famously

By all accounts, she and Uncle Walter got on famously .

Dorothy and Amelia got on famously .

The ticket woman and I had got on famously .

They spoke with me and we got on famously .

get on/along like a house on fire

get out of bed on the wrong side

get out of hand

It was a practical joke that got a little out of hand .

Police were called in when the situation began to get out of hand .

Pull or spray garden weeds before they get out of hand .

The costs have continued to increase, and now seem to be getting out of hand .

But eventually it became clear that things were getting out of hand .

But has the Fed failed to prevent the imbalances created by the recent boom from getting out of hand ?

Hundreds of police were poised to intervene if things got out of hand , but they did not.

My mum used to sit nearby and make sure nothing got out of hand .

Things started to get out of hand .

This was getting out of hand .

We let ourselves get out of hand .

get out of my face

get real!

"Get real ! He'll never make the team."

get rid of sb/sth

I can never get rid of the lumps in my gravy.

It's about time you got rid of that old gas-guzzling car.

My mother made me get rid of my dog.

They burned the ship to get rid of the evidence.

But if we got rid of the old masts, we would be losing at least a quarter-ton of dead weight.

But you don't get rid of me like that.

Congress never really tried very hard to get rid of Education or any other department.

Long before dark, Liz felt she was ready to do anything to get rid of the child.

Petrie used a complicated measure of condition to get rid of the effects of size alone.

That was the quickest way of getting rid of wolves.

They wanted to get rid of her because they thought she was an interfering busybody.

You know, turn off the stereo, get rid of any reading material.

get sb's dander up

Some recent columns have gotten readers' dander up.

get sb's goat

Relax - don't let him get your goat .

get something off your chest

People are able to get things off their chest in these meetings.

get spliced

New Woman magazine found that most girls still want to get spliced .

get sth down to a fine art

get sth out of your system

I couldn't get the feelings of guilt out of my system .

get sth straight

I like to get the house straight while the kids are at the youth club.

One of these days I'll get this garage straight .

The reporter didn't get the details of the story straight .

get sth wrong

I've been here a year now, and my boss still gets my name wrong !

Once again, the government has got it wrong .

You've got your facts wrong , mate - he doesn't work here any more.

You must have gotten the directions wrong .

get stuck in/get stuck into sth

get stuffed

He obviously had impregnation on his mind, but by now Lydia had lost her temper and she told him to get stuffed .

He told me to get stuffed .

I doubt if it ever dawned on him that his patient wife would tell him to get stuffed .

The Raiders are getting stuffed because the defensive line is penetrating.

Under his breath, the Vice President was telling him to get stuffed .

get the better of sb

Alison Leigh refuses to let circumstances get the better of her.

Kramer's temper sometimes gets the better of him.

At the same time he said he had had to select his shots wisely to get the better of Chesnokov.

Blaise Cendrars witnessed a fight in which she was getting the better of Modigliani.

Bored in the isolation of his taxi, curiosity and perhaps hunger got the better of him.

But kids have a long tradition of getting the better of adults, going back to the Famous Five and beyond.

I allowed my feelings to get the better of me.

I run my fingers over this invisible object, and little by little curiosity gets the better of me.

So mortals learned that it is not possible to get the better of Zeus or ever deceive him.

We killed him, but that really got the better of us.

get the bit between your teeth

get the hang of sth

After that she got the hang of what was news.

He side-slipped neatly; he was getting the hang of the thing.

I've got the hang of it now.

I haven't played it in a week, I was just getting the hang of it.

I increasingly got the hang of handling Berni.

It can get tough, but you will get the hang of it.

Once around the course is all it takes to get the hang of it.

She would never get the hang of this new country.

get the hell out (of somewhere)

Tell Amy to get the hell out of my house.

But then I heard some one hollering at me, telling me to get the hell out of there.

He had already decided to move, he wanted to get the hell out of there.

I think we should get the hell out of here.

So I wanted to get the hell out of there.

The car turning in the road, getting the hell out.

The men wanted to get the hell out as fast as possible - they were concerned about survival.

Why on earth didn't I just tell Luke everything and get the hell out?

You don't wait to pick up personal belongings, you just get the hell out.

get the message

Even the Democrats got the message: voters are concerned about taxes.

He doesn't seem to get the message that he's not welcome here.

Hopefully he'll get the message and leave me alone.

But some motorists still aren't getting the message .

If the Minister has not got the message , perhaps he had better be given it.

It was when she took a chunk out of my shoulder and nearly bit my damn ear off that I got the message .

Lloyd looked at him, then at the ceiling, sighing as he did so, and Lewis got the message .

Paging from Vodapage gives busy people like you the freedom to go about your business and get the message .

They got the message and ordered Iron Arrow to begin accepting women.

To get the message across Make contact with people sympathetic to your cause.

get the picture

I get the picture . You want me to say you were at my house last night.

Oh, I get the picture . You're in love with Muriel, aren't you?

We don't want any trouble tonight. Do you get the picture ?

Designers get the picture John Bell Computer-aided design is a complex technology with complicated effects.

Now, however, it seems even the dimwitted Amphi staff is beginning to get the picture .

She'd only been married to Gerald for eight months before I started getting the picture .

So the museum has gone to law to get the pictures back.

Substitute Vince McMahon with Mel Brooks and you start to get the picture .

You're probably getting the picture by now - Russan is a typical product of the 80s.

get the shaft

get the wrong end of the stick

Maybe I got the wrong end of the stick. I thought she was leaving him, not the other way round.

get the wrong idea

Don't get the wrong idea - the Dixons aren't as arrogant as they sound.

A lot of people get the wrong idea .

People have got the wrong idea about this one.

People often got the wrong idea about Nanny Ogg, and she took care to see that they did.

get to the bottom of sth

We're trying to get to the bottom of this, and see if she is lying.

After a few falls we all managed to get to the bottom of the slope in a snow plough position.

Dido doesn't claim to have got to the bottom of what she calls the Canine Predicament.

He must get to the bottom of that matter.

Or had her efforts to get to the bottom of the rue Roland mystery taken an unexpected toll on her?

That co-operation will be vital in getting to the bottom of this matter as soon as possible.

They can get to the bottom of a case for me.

We decided to get to the bottom of this!

When I got to the bottom of the hill and looked up, and I saw that beautiful campus, I cried.

get to/reach first base

Compared to this little middle-aged lot, we didn't get to first base!

get trucking

I guess it's time to get trucking .

get under sb's skin

Kids will say some mean things to try and get under your skin .

But this class was dearly getting under his skin .

He had got under her skin , and after half an hour she went home alone, not content with second-best.

It will not be easy given the Sri Lankan propensity for getting under the skin of the opposition.

So, come on you literary types; stop fretting about Orwell and start getting under our skins .

Sure he could get under your skin but so would St Francis of Assisi on a job like this.

Why did she let him get under her skin like this?

Why should there be a surface to get beneath, a skin to get under?

Why was she allowing Doreen to get under her skin in this manner?

get with the program

get your act together

Angie could be an excellent photographer, if only she could get her act together.

Amateurs are invited to get their acts together for stage shows running the gamut from dance, comedy and music.

As for your Suns, there are signs they are getting their act together.

At least now they can get their act together.

If we couldn't get our act together after all that, then we were never going to.

Nevertheless, he was patient and, eventually, I got my act together and spent the night with him.

Now, let's get our act together.

The Whigs splintered over slavery in the pre-Civil War era and never again got their act together.

Then he gets his act together.

get your ass in gear

You better get your ass in gear , you're late.

get your butt in/out/over etc

get your claws into sb

get your hands dirty

get your hands on sb

I'd love to get my hands on the guy who slashed my tires.

Besides, Ward's wife will want to get her hands on it.

Competitors would love to get their hands on that $ 7 billion.

He was an absolute nonreader until Rosalie got her hands on him the year before.

I need to get my hands on a big lexicon.

Maple Leaf has wanted to get its hands on some of Schneider's operations for years.

The company may need all the products and sales techniques it can get its hands on.

These days, Parkes finds fans scrapping to get their hands on set lists, drum sticks, and towels.

They value everything they can get their hands on.

get your hands on sth

The best seats in the house are $150, if you can get your hands on a ticket.

Besides, Ward's wife will want to get her hands on it.

Competitors would love to get their hands on that $ 7 billion.

He was an absolute nonreader until Rosalie got her hands on him the year before.

I need to get my hands on a big lexicon.

Maple Leaf has wanted to get its hands on some of Schneider's operations for years.

The company may need all the products and sales techniques it can get its hands on.

These days, Parkes finds fans scrapping to get their hands on set lists, drum sticks, and towels.

They value everything they can get their hands on.

get your jollies

What kind of sick person gets his jollies out of setting fires?

get your kit off

get your leg over

But the only thing he got his leg over was the fence at Peter Pan's Playground.

With news like that, you can understand him wanting to get his leg over an old bike and ride all night.

get your money's worth

Some publishers feel they haven't been getting their money's worth from the show.

get your own back (on sb)

But you can get your own back.

By launching the new forum Mr Heseltine is getting his own back on the now weakened Mr Lamont.

I've gotta get my own back.

I hope you haven't gone and done anything silly to it just to get your own back for me going away.

The only way Scott could get his own back was by replacing my voice during the post-production.

Tupac stoked the feud, claiming to have slept with Biggie Smalls's wife, Smalls threatened to get his own back.

Was that a way of getting his own back?

Women get their own back by borrowing their man's razor.

get your priorities right

Although you are in a seemingly hopeless situation, keep thinking and get your priorities right.

Before we talk, I suggest we get our priorities right.

Have we got our priorities right?

Some people just can't get their priorities right!

get your rocks off

I don't just want people to get their rocks off.

You're a rock group so people get their rocks off.

get your teeth into sth

But meanwhile, her new role as fashion supremo is something she can really get her teeth into.

Once the gila monster gets its teeth into its prey it will not let go.

That O'Neill man isn't going to let up now he's got his teeth into it.

We were both the sort of people who just can't let go once they have got their teeth into something.

get your tongue around sth

I couldn't get my tongue around the consonants.

get your wings

get your wires crossed

We got our wires crossed and I waited for an hour in the wrong place.

Somewhere along the line, some one had got their wires crossed, that much was clear.

get/be fresh with sb

Don't you get fresh with me, son!

He started getting fresh with me.

get/be given a bad press

get/be given short shrift

get/be given your cards

get/be wise to sb/sth

But it seems doubtful if theologies would be wise to regard that importance as the beginning and the end of their business.

Confidence just got wise and the guys it got wise to are wondering where it has gone.

He's not and would be wise to bite his tongue.

It is wise to remember that these men were competing at a time when the black presence was of only tiny significance.

Perhaps it would be wiser to run now and ask questions later.

Still, it always is wise to hedge our bets about the future.

The old tramp has served his purpose, but beyond this point it would not be wise to go.

With ear-shattering shrieks echoing around the square, I decided it would be wise to wonder elsewhere.

get/build up a head of steam

get/enter into the spirit (of sth)

The children are making decorations to get into the spirit of the season.

A good collie enters into the spirit of the hunt, up to a point.

Flagellation and other exotic practices formed part of its creed and Rasputin entered into the spirit of these with enthusiasm.

He tried hard to get into the spirit of the thing.

It all began about 15 years ago when Pat Jackson got into the spirit and decided to decorate her house.

Knowing who was servant and who mistress, I entered into the spirit of the farce.

Meanwhile, the audience gets into the spirit of the occasion, courtesy of comedian, Bobby Bragg from Banbury.

Mercer was entering into the spirit of things, Bambi also but more coolly.

Thomas himself got into the spirit .

get/find your bearings

It took her a minute to get her bearings .

Ozzie drank his beer and got his bearings .

Pausing to get his bearings , he blew furiously on his fingers to cool them down.

She stopped for a moment to get her bearings .

She was able to get her bearings this way and soon found herself at the back of the house.

They are there to allow us to find our bearings and set our calendar.

To get their bearings Allen once more climbed.

Without stopping to get his bearings , he began walking up Broadway along the east side of the street.

get/give sb a fair shake

Q.. Do you think the press has given you a fair shake ?

get/go into a huddle

As each question is asked each team goes into a huddle and then writes down its answer.

As with the highly misleading phrase Stavrogin's Confession, critics and commentators behave as if they had got into a huddle .

The meeting was chaotic, but at the end Mr Williams went into a huddle with a group of hauliers.

They had gone into a huddle , obviously discussing their captives.

get/go nowhere

Flo has been looking for a job but has gotten nowhere .

But it's like digging in treacle - you get nowhere .

He's got nowhere to go but forward.

He goes nowhere in public without enough jewelry to supply a cotillion.

I ain't going nowhere near them.

I submit those stats and I get nowhere .

Indeed, the trading profit went nowhere in 2000.

Louis Cardinals out in Bloomington, and getting nowhere .

Still, the Raiders will go nowhere until they begin following the rules.

get/go/run through sth

get/have a good press

Because officials are so anxious to get good press , there is often tremendous pressure on the government press agent.

Even Quayle is getting better press than me.

Even testosterone, so often blamed for aggressive behavior in men, is getting better press .

For now Harriet's keener on seeing chess get a better press .

get/have a look-in

Powys & Jones have real promise but can't get a look-in .

Torque-steer wouldn't get a look-in .

When it comes to the 3,000 metres steeplechase, no other country gets a look-in .

get/have cold feet

They later got cold feet and canceled the order.

But the prince got cold feet and failed to turn up.

He and his neighbors bought a fire truck to protect their area, but the neighbors got cold feet.

He gets cold feet and phones his bank manager asking him to stop the cheque.

I began to get cold feet, but these other two guys were totally positive and they were absolutely right.

Juicy, tender and sinfully rich, I immodestly enjoyed every one when my companion got cold feet.

Some are said to be getting cold feet.

Unfortunately he, the lover, had got cold feet at the last minute.

We are all tired, and have cold feet and hands.

get/have the worst of it

I should not have exasperated him for I always have the worst of it.

get/have wind of sth

By February the local press had got wind of the affair.

Certainly the last thing she wanted was for Max to get wind of it all.

First it needs to boost its efforts to get wind of military-useful technology at an early stage.

If she were to get wind of this.

So, if she gets wind of Der Vampyr and wants to do it, you can believe it will get done.

The extension director and the Wyoming dean of agriculture finally got wind of what I was up to.

The notion of compulsion met a storm of controversy when mental health charities first got wind of the government's thoughts.

When Johnny misbehaves, parents get wind of it by e-mail before he gets home.

get/have your (own) way

Monica's so spoiled - she always gets her own way .

Basilio still gets his way in the end because he marries his daughter to money.

For two and a half years, the company can have its way .

Our genes will take care of that, anyway, and it is natural to let them have their way .

She mostly managed to get her own way with him.

She remembered those days when they had played together as children, too, he always getting his own way .

They both push you and have their own ways of motivating you.

Under the genial exterior lay a considerable vanity, and a desire to have his own way .

When some one or something stops them from getting their own way , their frustration can build up to explosion point.

get/have/keep your foot in the door

get/jump/rise etc to your feet

Antony rose to his feet and stood gazing intensely at her.

He got to his feet , did a 365-degree scan, and moved on.

Kay McGovern rose to his feet , cheering appreciatively when the performance ended.

The three men turned, facing it, Kao Chen getting to his feet .

They got to their feet and consulted; then they disappeared.

Zeinab rose to her feet and swept out of the box.

get/keep your eye in

Even after his second wife left him in 1991, Thurmond has kept his eye in practice.

It all helps to get your eye in and is far better than trying to rely on memory.

get/pick/build up steam

But Dehlavi takes his time getting up steam , leaving a good 20 minutes of surplus slack in these two hours.

Cons: Just when the bobsled builds up steam , brakes on the track slow it down.

If the economy is picking up steam , the recovery may be nipped in the bud by renewed Fed tightening.

Indications the economy may be picking up steam hurt bonds by sparking concern inflation may accelerate, eroding bonds' fixed payments.

Millionaire publisher Steve Forbes, who is suddenly picking up steam ?

The black-out protest is expected to pick up steam after the president signs the bill.

get/put bums on seats

When you can put bums on seats, then you can come and tell me what flights you want to travel on.

get/put sb's back up

He treats everyone like children, and that's why he puts people's backs up.

It really gets my back up when salesmen call round to the house.

At Eagle Butte I stopped and got a clamp, got the pipe back up there some way.

He had been around the scene for long enough to know how to manipulate meetings without getting everyone's back up.

If you get his/her back up, even if you're right, you're dead!

She'd even got Bert's back up proper, over his betting and poor old Floss.

Simon naturally put people's backs up.

You got to get back up.

get/put sb/sth out of your mind

get/put your head down

He simply puts his head down and keeps on scoring goals - lots of them.

He was as cranky as a bad-tempered goat, always putting his head down and charging into things that annoyed him.

I put my head down and kept stroking.

I put my head down into my hands and absented myself mentally.

Instead of putting his head down and charging, Balshaw chipped and chased.

When I saw him in court he was crying, and so was I.. He put his head down.

You chuck down three of them, and then put your head down on your desk.

get/put your skates on

get/receive your (just) deserts

Even a low-cal concoction can make us feel that we're getting our just deserts .

From Llewelyn he would get his deserts , and be grateful for them.

He was not a spiteful man, but he had enjoyed the sight of Spatz getting his deserts .

Now the rich and the proud would get their just deserts .

get/score/earn Brownie points

get/take a free ride

Suppose we get a free ride into the land of happiness?

The company got a free ride on just about everything.

get/take a grip on yourself

Damn you, get a grip on yourself.

He must take a grip on himself.

I got a grip on myself and made it back to my office.

I had to get a grip on myself and put this whole wretched business behind me.

I must get a grip on myself, she told herself firmly.

She took a grip on herself, physically pushed back the dark, claustrophobic horror at the point of drowning.

get/take/demand etc your pound of flesh

The Government gets its pound of flesh, doesn't it.

get/win/score brownie points

give (sb) the OK/get the OK

give (sb) the go-ahead/get the go-ahead

The state utilities commission gave the go-ahead for the water company to raise rates.

give as good as you get

At 87, Juran is still able to give as good as he gets.

Don't you worry about Tim. He may be small but he gives as good as he gets!

It was a tough interview, but I thought the President gave as good as he got.

The youngest of three sons, Dave can give as good as he gets.

give sb a thick ear/get a thick ear

give sb the hump/get the hump

give sb the nod/get the nod from sb

give sb the push/get the push

give sb/get (some) stick

He doesn't give his stick to just anybody.

give sb/get a fair shake

Q.. Do you think the press has given you a fair shake?

give sb/get a roasting

At which juncture, Shelford gave his troops a roasting .

Chancellor Norman Lamont will today begin hauling in bank bosses one by one to give them a roasting .

give sb/get a walloping

go/get/be beyond a joke

The condition of Tam's leather jacket had got beyond a joke .

got it in one!

have (got) it in for sb

But then, Riley, why should I have it in for the nuns?

They will have it in for us in a big way.

have (got) it made

Nowadays, these people have got it made .

Others chimed in, saying those who have it made are pulling up the ladder on those less fortunate.

have (got) nothing on sb/sth

Another time she seemed to have nothing on under a grass skirt as she danced on a mirrored floor.

He realized she must have nothing on.

She seemed to have nothing on underneath, which made the wheel in my stomach behave in an entirely crazy fashion.

When it comes to conniving, deceptive control freaks, ex-boyfriends have nothing on record companies.

Where that girl is concerned I have nothing on my conscience.

have (got) sb with you

Additionally, many students have brought with them to school the chaos that surrounds their life outside school.

And then, suddenly, she sees Dieter going off on his own, and decides to have it out with him.

She'd have a natter with him if he were, something she often did on her half-days.

To have played with them then, and still to be in contact, is a great privilege and pleasure.

We would have to deal with it then.

What he would have done with it had not other events intruded is problematical.

Workers have tinkered with it for nearly 18 months to no avail.

You could have come with me as my husband.

have (got) sth licked

have (got) sth on

All we have to go on is what other societies do.

Expatriates should also take into account any fees that they will have to pay on buying a home.

Indeed an inquiry of this sort should not, in my view, have been conducted on adversarial lines at all.

It's thought around 70 travellers have been living on the site for several weeks.

Maybe Desert Storm should have gone on at least to Basrah, if not indeed to Baghdad.

Readers of the Financial Times will have noted reports on the forming of major and powerful consortia.

The company has undergone an extensive reorganization since then, so the numbers have changed.

We have been on a very high state of alert.

have (got) sth on

All we have to go on is what other societies do.

Expatriates should also take into account any fees that they will have to pay on buying a home.

Indeed an inquiry of this sort should not, in my view, have been conducted on adversarial lines at all.

It's thought around 70 travellers have been living on the site for several weeks.

Maybe Desert Storm should have gone on at least to Basrah, if not indeed to Baghdad.

Readers of the Financial Times will have noted reports on the forming of major and powerful consortia.

The company has undergone an extensive reorganization since then, so the numbers have changed.

We have been on a very high state of alert.

have (got) sth on sb

All we have to go on is what other societies do.

Expatriates should also take into account any fees that they will have to pay on buying a home.

Indeed an inquiry of this sort should not, in my view, have been conducted on adversarial lines at all.

It's thought around 70 travellers have been living on the site for several weeks.

Maybe Desert Storm should have gone on at least to Basrah, if not indeed to Baghdad.

Readers of the Financial Times will have noted reports on the forming of major and powerful consortia.

The company has undergone an extensive reorganization since then, so the numbers have changed.

We have been on a very high state of alert.

have (got) sth/sb (all) to yourself

Helen used to have the house to herself.

I have said to myself that that is wrong.

I must have been jealous of her life away from me, and wished to have her entirely to myself.

Most of the people in the boardinghouse would go home, and he and I would have the house to ourselves.

Mummy stopped the car at once, even though the pizza parlour was so crowded that they couldn't have a table to themselves.

Of course, the Little Sprouts and the Plumpsters could have kept to themselves.

She regrets she is so much in the way of the young people, who really should have some time to themselves.

They could; and should have won this match and the players have to look to themselves.

have (got) sth/sb taped

And when several events air live simultaneously, some of them have to be taped .

It should have been taped for a campaign training film; it was too perfect.

Several other infinitely more damaging conversations involving him have been taped over the past few weeks.

have (got) the TV/radio/washing machine etc on

have you got a minute?

have/get a corner on sth

Any other old drunk would have got a corner on the fourth page.

have/get butterflies (in your stomach)

have/get sb by the short and curlies

have/get the feeling (that)

As I contemplate the process of separation / individuation I may have feelings and sensations that I can not articulate.

As soon as things are really good, I always have a feeling the rug is about to be pulled out from under me.

But I have feeling in my hand back.

Certainly, younger children show affection and have feelings of liking and disliking.

I have a feeling he will win.

I have a feeling that there is now more of my past life than my future.

I have a feeling we may be wrong about the taxes.

I have a feeling you won't need that radio.

have/get the goods on sb

The two detectives went undercover to get the goods on the Parducci family.

It is get the goods on him.

have/get the hots for sb

I think he's got the hots for you, Elaine.

But my, what a great body - no wonder Luke's got the hots for you.

Well, Big Breakfast's Donna Air seems to have the hots for him.

have/get the measure of sb

Booth and Rowntree were more concerned with getting the measure of poverty than with trying to devise a general theory about it.

He may have the measure of the John Gosden-trained Anshan, running from stall 15.

have/get the measure of sth

Booth and Rowntree were more concerned with getting the measure of poverty than with trying to devise a general theory about it.

He may have the measure of the John Gosden-trained Anshan, running from stall 15.

have/get the shits

have/get/give a feel for sth

Any guilt she many have felt for the loss of her son did not affect her longevity.

Did you get a feel for that with those conversations and the two extremes, the shot-gun versus the follow-up?

He was here to get a feel for the place.

I can get a rhythm, get a feel for the offense.

Playing the game itself is lots of fun, once you get a feel for the actual shot settings.

Rather we get a feeling for the differences in the island societies through encounters with restaurant owners.

Walk around the Tor and on the footpaths of the surrounding levels to get a feel for this legend-full land.

Whenever possible I devoured local newspapers, trying to get a feel for the politics and social conditions of each place.

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

if you think ..., you've got another think coming!

If they think it's going to be an easy game, they've got another think coming!

if you've got it, flaunt it

it is/gets light

It gets light before 6 a.m.

Even earthworms have light-sensitive cells in their skin which tell them whether it is light or dark.

I stay there for quite a bit, looking round and that, till it gets light .

The texture of it is light but too soft.

The women are never outside, and the long low porch remains empty when it is light .

it's time I was moving/we ought to get moving etc

knock/lick/get sb/sth into shape

A lot of similar stories, people just wanting to get back into shape , get their games together.

And backs off quick, before the long-suffering pimp shows up, and knocks the girl into shape with his jewelled fists.

His replacement, former sales manager Nils Sontag, never had enough time to lick the company into shape .

Lionesses lick their cubs into shape and life.

Nevertheless an heroic effort is being made to lick Expo into shape before Easter Monday.

The first two hours knock us into shape , however, as we battle with the boulder-strewn approach to Condoriri.

With the BaByliss BodyToner Plus you can treat yourself to wonderful massages and get back into shape at the same time.

let's get this show on the road

let/get sb off the hook

People will think they let Charmaine off the hook because she's a woman.

And he was at the heart of two of the double plays that got Johns off the hook .

And this time there is no second match to get anyone off the hook !

Apologising for ourselves Apologising and being self-deprecating can let you off the hook .

Home striker Paul Crimmen let them off the hook on a number of occasions and Horsham had two goals disallowed.

I emphasize the tense because Congress has the habit of letting itself off the hook when convenient.

It could even, in a pinch, get him off the hook for the nightly walk to the monument.

Why, she wondered, when she had effectively let him off the hook ?

You could let them off the hook , or you could reel them in.

like getting blood out of a stone

like the cat that got the cream

make the most of sth/get the most out of sth

move/get into top gear

Accelerate smartly so that you can get into top gear as quickly as possible.

It was ready to move into top gear at very short notice.

Meanwhile Pistol Packer was getting into top gear on the stands side, and Caro and Arlequino were not done with.

nice work if you can get it

not get a sniff of sth

not get a wink of sleep/not sleep a wink

not get anywhere

I'm trying to set up a meeting, but I don't seem to be getting anywhere .

A crash diet will leave you hungry, you will binge and you will not get anywhere .

But the reality is that 99% of artists working in London will not get anywhere near the shortlist.

Still not getting anywhere in Northern Ireland, but then, who is?

They were left with the feeling of not getting anywhere .

We're not getting anywhere like this.

When you're not getting anywhere with some one, you can choose to switch streams.

Which makes the documentation all the more poignant when you know the project did not get anywhere .

not get sb anywhere

Ultimately, I decided that this was not getting us anywhere , but I was her last hope.

We want young people to be aware that this is something that will not get you anywhere .

on your mark(s), get set, go!

play hard to get

You should call her again - I think she's just playing hard to get.

And they may not just be playing hard to get.

I am not going to suggest that you play hard to get.

If it was Viola, she was obviously playing hard to get.

It had nothing to do with teasing or playing hard to get.

pull the other one (it's got bells on)

pull/get your finger out

You could easily finish your essay if you just sit down and pull your finger out!

So, come on shoe companies, pull your finger out, deliver the goods you advertise.

put the wind up sb/get the wind up

put/set/get your (own) house in order

But Apple first must get its house in order.

Commissioners are satisfied with the progress it is making to put its house in order.

Following numerous complaints the Vicar of Woodford has been told to put his house in order.

Henry had set his house in order but had no thoughts about setting off on crusade.

Others have called on the council to step in and tell the firm to put its house in order.

The Law Society no longer can support equally those who have put their house in order and those who have not.

put/stick/get your oar in

I heard him mention something about organs to another guest so I put my oar in and started such a nice conversation.

She was talking to me just now, before you put your oar in.

We were sorting it out quite nicely until you stuck your oar in.

sb can't get it into their (thick) skull

sb got game

sb had (got) it coming

He had it coming, and I did him in.

Put like that and you might think they had it coming.

That pair obviously just had it coming.

sb is not getting any younger

sb/sth gets my vote

Barkeley gets my vote for sexiest man of the decade.

Pans and scans: Rowdy Gaines gets my vote as best analyst at these Games thus far.

start/get off on the wrong/right foot

take/keep/get sb's mind off sth

At other times, the surroundings helped to take my mind off it.

I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off every-thing like golf will.

Instead they tried to take their minds off the poster campaign by providing weekend entertainment.

It takes your mind off how you feel.

Kirsty chattered excitedly throughout the journey, helping to keep Shiona's mind off her anxieties.

Letters could take my mind off most things.

To take his mind off his worries, I suggested that he wrote out a message for his family.

When the other guy thinks you are cheating, it can take his mind off the game.

tart yourself up/get tarted up

tell sb where to go/where to get off

what have you got to say for yourself?

when the going gets tough, the tough get going

you name it (they've got it)!

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

"Do you understand?" "Yeah, we've got it," one of the drivers replied.

Getting the money for the house wasn't easy.

Barbara Howell and her husband, Kenneth (Barbie and Ken, get it?) run a bed-and-breakfast inn.

By the time we got to New York, it was snowing.

Can someone get the door - I'm in the shower!

Can you get the bags out of the car?

Could you get me my keys from the kitchen?

Did you get my message?

Did you get the job?

Did you hear? Stuart got a new job

Did you remember to get the bread?

Dinner's ready. Can you get Jo?

Don't worry about me getting lost, I'll find it.

Forget the cooking, let's go get takeout.

Go and get your father. He's in the garden.

Guess what he got her for her birthday - an iron!

He thinks he got the cold from someone in the office.

Here's the card I got from Jane.

Hi, I'm trying to get the customer services department.

How much are you getting a week?

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.