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get (oneself) across

To communicate and express oneself clearly and effectively, such that others can understand one's opinions, ideas, and what one is like on a personal level. Jared has a bit of social anxiety, so he has trouble getting himself across around other people he doesn't know. The most important thing when you are speaking in front of an audience to is make sure you get yourself across well.
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get across

1. To traverse something. How are we supposed to get across the river if there's no bridge? Do you think we'll be able to get across, or is it too narrow?
2. To transport someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "across." Don't worry, I'll get you across the river, even if I have to carry you.
3. To convey something so that it is understood. A noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "across." What message are you trying to get across in this advertisement? It's not clear enough to me. I'm not sure how to get my point across to you.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

get someone or something across something

 and get someone or something across
to transport someone or something across something. We have to get every one across the bridge before the flood waters rise any more. Let's get the truck across also. It's foolhardy to try to get your car across the desert without a few gallons of water with you.
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get something across

(to someone) Go to put something across (to someone).
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get across (something)

to manage to cross something. We finally got across the river where it was very shallow. Where the water was low, it was easy to get across.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

get across

1. Also, get it across. Make understandable or clear, as in I tried to get my point across, or He'll have to get it across to the others. [Late 1800s]
2. Also, come across. Be convincing, impress on others, as in How can I get across to the students? or The headmaster's announcement comes across as a criticism of the faculty. [c. 1920] Also see put across.
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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.

get across

v.
1. To cross something; traverse something: How are we going to get across the swamp? The bridge was long, but once we got across, we were treated to a view of the cliffs.
2. To cause someone or something to cross something: The tow truck driver got the stalled car across the bridge.
3. To make something understandable or clear; successfully communicate something: I got my point across by giving lots of examples. You'll get your message across if you speak clearly.
4. get across to To find a way to communicate convincingly: Once the teacher was able to get across to the students, the lessons went very well.
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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.
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"I think things are getting across to the players - I know they are - but you can't coach mistakes.
"The zero tolerance message seems to be getting across, thanks to the Birmingham Mail."
"It's great news for all the Cardiff fans and means we don't have to worry anymore about getting across London, catching buses or paying expensive taxi fares."
Eyebrows are also very useful for getting across how we feel - they be come very animated when we express emotions such as anger or surprise.
As we got closer we could see it was the bin man who was emptying bins at the local pub escorting an elderly lady who was having difficulty getting across due to road works.
Captain Wilfred Nevill of the 8th Battalion, the East Surrey Regiment, who came up with the idea of giving his men footballs as a brave if bizarre means of getting across no-man's land, is one of the individuals featured.
To be in with a chance of getting across to Scotland for a 24-hour round trip you'll need to be quick - the deadline is MIDNIGHT tomorrow - and have internet access or a friend with internet access.
But there are a few important points that I fear are not getting across to the public.
Superintendent Paul Breed, based in Caernarfon, said that there were clear signs that the message was getting across.
The idea is to try to reduce the number of bikers coming to grief by offering riding advice, road info and getting across a message of "enjoy bikes but stay safe".
"The posters are the latest and the final stage of this initiative and we believe the message is getting across.
Fraser is the latest Jamaican athlete to fall foul of the rules, but Powell is confident the message is getting across.
"It's also getting across the message that a lot of people will know the person who has spiked your drink."
We need to address that situation immediately, and that's the message I am getting across to Mike Ashley and the board of directors.
"I knowfrommy time asaplayer that both Warren and Shaunaregood at getting across their views and if players care to listen and learn, they will prosper just as the Welsh players have done this season.