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get (someone's) back

To be willing and prepared to help or defend someone; to look out for someone in case they need assistance. Don't worry about those thugs, buddy. I'll get your back if they ever come bother you again. You can always rely on your parents to get your back.
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get someone or something back

to receive someone or something back; to recover someone who had been taken away; to recover something that had been taken away. Beth finally got her car back from the service station. She got back her car.
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get back (to someone) (on something)

Fig. to continue talking with someone (at a later time); to find out information and tell it to a person (at a later time). I don't have the answer to that question right now. Let me find out and get back to you. Okay. Please try to get back early tomorrow.
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get back

1. Also get back to. Return to a person, place, or condition. For example, What time will you get back? or I hope he'll get back to the subject of this report. [c. 1600]
2. Recover something, as in When will I get this book back? [c. 1800]
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get back

1. To have something returned to one's possession: I shouldn't have let the dog run away with the ball; now we'll never get it back. Don't give him that box; I'll never get back the books.
2. To return to some place, condition, or activity, or to someone's possession: How will we get back to the city if the road is closed? Let's get back to the subject that we were discussing earlier.
3. To return someone or something: I'll go with you if you can get me back to the office by 2:00. Please get the kids back by lunchtime.
4. To resume doing something: I'll get back to reading this book when my chores are done.
5. To renew a relationship with someone: The drummer got back with the jazz band after a short career as a violinist. A few days after their argument, Pat got back together with Chris.
6. To retaliate or punish someone in return for some wrongdoing: You may have won this fight, but I'll get you back tomorrow!
7. To respond or react to someone, especially in retaliation for some wrongdoing: She wrote a critical article about him, but he got back at her by ignoring it completely.
8. get back into To resume some regular activity, or renew an interest in something, after not having been involved with it for a period of time: I got back into bicycling after many years of doing nothing in my spare time but swim. They got back into rock music after losing interest in jazz.
9. get back to or get back with To make contact with someone or something at a later time: They said they would get back to me once they had decided whether or not they would buy my car. I have to leave right now, but I'll get back with you with a response after lunch.
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Get back to protect his basket as quickly as possible.
Obviously he wants to get back, but with head injuries you have to rely on what the doctors tell you.
But the facts are now clear, documented in official studies by the county and the state: Valley residents pay far more in taxes than they get back in the form of city services and public education.
Volunteering, I think you really get back more than you give.
Use your own body to judge when it's best to get back on track.
It's been a long time coming and I feel like I worked pretty hard to get back,'' said Burns, who lost his PGA Tour card after finishing 191st on the money list at the end of the 1995 season.
When we finally do get a live voice on the phone, all they tell us is they'll see what they can do and get back to us,'' a frustrated Santa's helper was saying Monday.