Saturday, September 17, 2011

English Idioms and Expressions With 'GET'




Idioms and Expressions With "Get"
IdiomMeaningExample
Get a bang / charge / kick out of To receive great pleasure from someone or something; enjoy greatlyI get a bang out of my new video game. It's really fun.
Get (someone's) driftTo understand what someone has said or impliedCan you explain it again, please? I don't get your drift.
Get a fix onTo understand somethingListen well and you will get a fix on it.
Get a grip (on yourself)To control your emotions and remain calmAs a teacher, you have to get a grip on yourself.
Get a grip / handle (on something)To understand how to deal with somethingWith his experience, I'm sure he will always get a grip on any possible problem.
Get a lifeTo have fun; to do something differentWhen we are bored, we often spend an evening out and get a life.
Get a life!Find something more important / interesting to do or say!How could you say that stupid thing? Get a life!
Get a line onTo get information about someone or do somethingYou need to read the manual and get a line on how to solve the problem.
Get a load off one's mindTo relieve one's mind of a problem or a worryI was relieved. The good news got the load off my mind.
Get a load of someone or somethingTo get a good look at someone or something (that is very surprising or attractive)Get a load of Alya. I can hardly recognize her in that dress.
Get a toeholdTo get a position to begin an activity or effortIt took the business approximately 2 years to get a toehold in our city.
Get away withTo escape the consequences of (a blameworthy act)Don't be silly. No one can get away with crimes.
To get down on someoneTo criticize someoneDuring the meeting, she got down on me about the plan.
Get down to something / business / workTo start doing something seriouslyStop talking. It's time to get down to work.
Get faceTo be taken seriouslyIt's usual that young people seldom get face.
Get in one's faceTo annoy or provoke someoneDon't get in my face. I have work to do.
Get in one's hairTo annoy someone, especially by being near them for a long periodWith the kids getting in my hair, I wasn't able to finish the proposal.
To get in on the actTo become involved in something interestingIt's time for you to get in on the act. Do your best.
Get / go into a huddleTo form a group away from other people to discuss something secretlyThere's no need to get into a huddle. We'd better talk to the boss about it.
Get in the swing of thingsto become more social and up-to-date.It seemed difficult for him to get in the swing of things since his wife passed away.
Get into (off on) somethingTo enjoy something greatlyMy son seems to get off on his new computer game.
Get just deserts / lumpsTo get what one deservesIf you treat others badly, you'll get your just deserts.
Get knotted! / Get lost!Something you say when you feel annoyed and want someone to go awayYou have really got on my face. Now, get lost!
Get nose out of jointto resent that one has been slighted, neglected, or insulted.Cheer up. Don't get your nose out of joint easily. He didn't mean that.
Get off one's caseto stop criticizing and annoying someoneGet off my case! Don't you have another thing to do?
Get (down) off one's high horseto become humble; to be less haughty.He is the kind of a leader who always gets off his high horse.
Get on soapboxTo express strong opinions, especially about something boringSomehow I often miss those times when my father would start getting on his soapbox about teenagers.
Get out with lifeTo survive a serious incident or accidentThe crash was fatal, but I was lucky enough to get out with my life.
Get one's teeth intoTo start to do something (with dedication)You need to get your teeth into it or you won't finish on time.
Get one's goatTo annoy or bother someoneTini was sent out. I think she really got our teacher's goat.
Get sea legsTo get used to a new situationIt always takes time for a shy girl like her to get sea legs.
Get short shriftTo get little attentionIt's usual that schools in rural areas get short shrift from the government.
Get the goods on someoneTo get incriminating evidence against someoneShe won't get away with it once I get the goods on her.
Get some weight off feetTo sit downI'm tired of standing. I wish we had a place to get some weight off our feet.
Get the axeTo lose a job; to stop workingWhen he got the axe, he didn't give up and started his own business.
Get the hang ofTo succeed in learning how to do something after practising itHow long did it take you to get the hang of driving?
Get the kinks outTo be chosenShe was lucky to get the nod and have a chance to go abroad.
Get the nodTo be chosenShe was lucky to get the nod and have a chance to go abroad.
Get under skinTo annoy or irritate someoneBoy students are often annoying, but don't let them get under your skin



Reference: The Free Dictionary - Idioms

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