Phrasal verbs with get

Get about

To get about is to travel a lot. The phrasal verbs get around and get round also mean the same.

  • The suburban trains are the best way to get around Mumbai.
  • My grandparents get about a lot.

Get about can also be an inseparable phrasal verb. It means spread.

  • Rumours get about really fast.

To get about/around a rule or law is to avoid the consequences of violating it.

  • If you have a good accountant on your side, you will be able to get about the tax laws.

To get around a difficulty is to overcome it.

  • In the end we managed to get around the issue.

Get along with / Get on with

To get along with somebody is to have a friendly relationship with them.

  • She gets along nicely with her mother-in-law.
  • Do you get on with your neighbours?

Get around to

To get around to doing something is to manage to it.

  • If there is no deadline, I won’t get around to doing anything.

Get away

To get away is to leave or escape.

  • The thieves got away in a stolen car.
  • The lion chased the deer but it got away.

Get away with

You get away with something when you avoid punishment for something wrong you have done.

  • Only she can get away with an offensive remark like that.
  • You can’t get away with a major crime like that.

Get back

To get back is to return.

  • We got back home early in the morning.
  • I will ask her to contact you when she gets back.

Get something back

To get something back is to recover it.

  • I have stopped lending books. I never get them back.

Get by

To get by is to survive on very little money.

  • As he doesn’t have a good job, he has to get by with very little money.
  • In India foreigners can get by with just English.

Get in

To get in is to enter a place.

  • Please get in.
  • The place was too crowded, so I couldn’t get in.

To get into trouble is to become involved in a difficult situation.

  • You will get into trouble with the traffic cops if you exceed the speed limits.

Get off

To get off a vehicle is to leave it.

  • We are getting off at the next stop.
  • Don’t get off the train until it comes to a complete stop.

Get on

To get on a vehicle is to enter it.

  • I couldn’t get on the train. It was too crowded.

Get out

To get out of a place is to leave it.

  • She told him to get out of her room.

When news gets out, it becomes well-known.

  • Word got out that she was a German spy.


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