get past

get past (someone or something)

1. To be able to pass an obstacle. We'll never be able to get past that overturned truck up ahead.
2. To move someone or something past an obstacle. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "past." Good luck getting a shot past their stellar defense.
3. To be able to move ahead of someone or something. Ugh, this guy is walking so slowly—let's try to get past him.
4. To be able to overcome or overlook something that has happened. I'm sorry, but I'll never be able to get past the fact that Robert cheated on you. Not all couples can get past something like infidelity.
5. To cause or help someone to overcome or overlook something that has happened. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "past." Therapy got me past those dark times.
6. To manage to hide something from someone else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "past." I'm not surprised mom found out about you sneaking in after curfew—you know you can't get anything past her.
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get something past

 (someone or something)
1. Lit. to move something around or ahead of someone or something that is in the way. Let's get the piano past the bump in the floor, then we'll figure out how to move it farther. See if you can get the ball past their goalie by shooting high.
2. Fig. to get someone or a group to approve something; to work something through a bureaucracy. Do you think we can get this past the censors? I will never get this size increase past the board.
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get past

 (someone or something)
1. to move around or ahead of someone or something that is in the way. We have to get past the cart that is blocking the hallway. We just couldn't get past.
2. to pass ahead of someone or something that is moving. I want to get past this truck, then we can get into the right lane. When we get past, I'll stop and let you drive.
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get past

v.
1. To reach the other side of something: It was raining hard, but once we got past the floodplains, we felt safer.
2. To cause something to reach the other side of something: If you can get the supplies past the guards, the prisoners can take them and no one will notice.
3. To overcome something; no longer need to deal with something: Your advice helped me get past my problems.
4. To cause someone to overcome some obstacle: The cash advance got me past the winter.
See also: get, past
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The bus drivers struggle every day to get past the idiots who park there and I am surprised that it has not happened before.
His next step is to get past the culture shock he suffered from playing patsies to contenders.
The Huskies probably will have to get past Louisville, a team upset by its No.
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The one shot that did get past Calderon was off the foot of Carlos Medina in the 39th minute on a play set up by a San Fernando indirect kick.
If the Highlanders get past Loyola in the Wild Card round Wednesday, they will lose to Mater Dei of Santa Ana in the first round Friday.
Our record has improved each season, but yet we have yet to get past the second round, so we've just got to go out there and play our type of ball, not get caught up in the officiating, not get caught up in what other teams are trying to do to us, not get caught up in someone's mad at a teammate and letting it get us down, or getting mad at (coach) Del (Harris) and letting that get us down.
There's a lot of pressure on any Arizona team to get past the first round.
Take it from me: Once you get past this barrier, the traveling part is easy.