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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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get to

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.
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get to

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.
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