get down to (doing something)

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get down to (doing something)

To begin doing something with the seriousness or determination the action requires; to begin doing what needs to be done. OK, let's quit fooling around and get down to work. I guess I better get down to reading before I'm too tired.
See also: down, get, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

get down to (doing) something

to begin doing some kind of work in earnest. I have to get down to my typing. John, you get in here this minute and get down to that homework!
See also: down, get, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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and in fifty places were more of the same sort bowing and straightening up, bowing again and getting down to kiss the earth, muttering prayers the while, and keeping up their gymnastics till they ought to have been tired, if they were not.
I had set her works a-going; it was my own fault; she would be thirty days getting down to those facts.
Should I succeed in getting down to the boats, I will make known the condition in which I have left you, and measures may then be taken to secure our escape.'
Her feeble voice sounded so far away in her bundle of shawls, and the sound of another voice addressing her seemed to take such a long time in getting down to her ears, that she might have been lying at the bottom of a well.
"It seems they were only paying attention to getting down to the SNP conference this weekend."
Also, 5G, long the subject of arcane technical debates and an elusive search for concrete applications, is finally getting down to business.
Last night promoter Eddie Hearn said: "Getting down to the weight has been a factor in the past couple of fights so it's time for Ricky to up a division.
| THISs is the time for getting down to it in the garden, so make sure your tools are up to scratch.
We headed straight for the bedroom and were getting down to business when I'd heard the front door open downstairs.
Summary: SHARJAH -- The 'Getting Down to Business' Conference, held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has been hailed as an overwhelming success to usher in future investments for Sharjah.
Though the Republican National Convention festivities are beginning a day late, Texas delegates are already getting down to business - and discussing much more than the weather.
This report commemorates the fifth anniversary of the Getting Down to Facts project, which sought to provide a thorough and reliable analysis of the critical challenges facing California's education system as the necessary basis for an informed discussion of policy changes aimed at improving the performance of California schools and students.
Youngsters aged between six and 18 enjoyed a host of activities while getting down to business and learning the importance of first aid.
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Israeli and Palestinian leaders are "getting down to business" and tackling the main issues of the Middle East conflict.