get through to (someone or something)

get through to (someone or something)

1. To be able to reach or contact someone, especially on the telephone. Nope, the phone line is busy—I haven't been able to get through to anyone all morning. I've been trying to get through to my lawyer, but she's vacationing on some remote Mediterranean island right now.
2. To communicate in a way that makes one acknowledge, accept, or understand something. I just don't know how to get through to Janet lately. To best way to get through to these kids is to be honest with them.
3. To qualify for or advance to the next stage in a process or competition. I didn't win the tournament, but I was still proud that I had gotten through to the semifinals. Our application got through to the shortlist, so there's still a chance that we could be selected.
4. To qualify or advance someone or something in such a manner. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "get" and "through." The quarterback's incredible efforts have helped get his team through to the playoffs for the first time in 20 years. He implied that he would get me through to the next round of interviews if I paid him a bribe.
See also: get, through
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