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get to (do something)
1. To be given permission or the opportunity to do something, especially that which is desirable and out of the ordinary. You get to watch an extra hour of TV if you eat all of your vegetables. Why does Timmy get to be the one who helps Dad? It's my turn! We get to visit our cousins in Spain this summer! I can't wait!
2. To instruct or ask someone to do something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "get" and "to." I'll get Tom to have a look at the printer when he comes in tomorrow. Please get the kids to clean up the playroom. It's an absolute mess!
3. To force, compel, or coerce someone to do something, especially that which is unpleasant. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "get" and "to." A: "Someone needs to go unclog the toilets." B: "Just get one of the interns to do it." The mafia has been getting me to launder their dirty money for years now.
4. To convince or cajole someone to do something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "get" and "to." I can't believe my friends got me to enter a talent competition with my stupid dance routine. Sarah's older brother got her to use her birthday money to buy them both candy.
get to (someone or something)
1. To physically reach something. I just can't get to that box on the top shelf without the ladder.
2. To arrive at a destination. When do you guys think you'll get to the party?
3. To be able to contact someone. A: "Has anyone been able to get to Aunt Mildred? Is she OK?" B: "Yeah, I talked to her yesterday."
4. To address or tackle something, such as a task. Let me finish washing the silverware and then I'll get to those other dishes.
5. To confront someone, typically someone inaccessible, in order to influence them illegally, such as through bribery or threats. If they suddenly changed their story, it's because one of his thugs got to them first.
6. To bother someone. As much as I enjoy the spring, it's not long until my allergies start to get to me.
7. To bring something or ensure that something is delivered to someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "to." Can you get this textbook to Jane by first period tomorrow?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
get (around) to someone or something
to be able to deal with someone or something eventually. (See also get around to doing something.) I will get around to you in a moment. Please be patient. The mechanic will get around to your car when possible.
get something to someone
to have something delivered or transported to someone. Will you please get this to Joe Wilson today? I'll try to get it to you by the end of the day.
get to someone
1. Lit. to manage to locate and meet someone; to manage to communicate with someone. (See also get to something.) I got to her on the telephone and told her what to do.
2. Fig. [for someone or something] to annoy someone. The whole business began to get to me after a while. Her high-pitched voice got to me after a while.
3. Fig. [for someone or something] to please or entice someone. Lovely flowers and things like that get to me. Sad music gets to me and makes me cry.
get to something
1. Lit. to reach something physically. (See also get to someone.) I couldn't get to the telephone in time. I got to him just in time to help him.
2. Fig. to arrive at a topic of discussion. Money? We will get to that in a minute. We will get to the question of where your office will be after we discuss whether you are hired or not.
3. Fig. to start on [doing] something; to begin doing something. I'll get to it as soon as possible. Have you managed to get to my repair job yet? Your complaining is getting to bother me.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Arrive at, reach, as in When we get to the store we'll talk to the manager.
2. Begin doing something or start to deal with something. For example, We got to reminiscing about college days, or Let's get to this business right now. [Mid-1800s]
3. Bribe someone, as in We're sure the dealer got to one of the narcotics agents. [Slang; 1920s]
4. Influence or affect, especially adversely, as in This loud music really gets to me, or Mother's crying always gets to him. [Colloquial; 1960s] Also see get under someone's skin.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To arrive at some place: Our plane got to Miami at noon.
2. To begin doing something: After visiting the orphanage, I got to thinking about my own childhood.
3. To start to deal with something: I couldn't get to the assignment until Sunday because I was busy with other work.
4. To influence or affect someone, especially adversely: The sound of crying babies really gets to me. Don't let their teasing get to you.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.