get after (someone or something)(redirected from got after them)
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get after (someone or something)
1. To push, encourage, or reprimand someone about doing something. I'll get after Tom about going to this interview—it's too important an opportunity to waste.
2. To chase after or pursue someone. Get after the burglar before he escapes!
3. To address something that is troublesome. If your engine is making a weird sound, you better get after it before it becomes a real problem.
4. To strive to obtain, achieve, or accomplish something with intensity or alacrity. We need to get after some bigger contracts if we want to survive in this industry.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
get after someone
1. Lit. to begin to chase someone. The other boys got after him and almost caught him. Henry got after Bill and almost caught up with him.
2. Fig. to bother someone about doing something; to scold someone about something. I will get after Fred about his behavior. Please don't get after me all the time.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Urge or scold someone about doing something. For example, Dad should get after Billy to mow the lawn, or Mary got after Jane for forgetting her house key. Also see keep after.
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 urge or scold someone: You should get after the kids to mow the lawn.
2. To pursue something that is a problem or menace: If you don't get after those termites, your house will be destroyed.
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.