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get onto

1. To step aboard a mode of transportation (such as a train or airplane). I think you'll feel better once we've gotten onto the plane and are headed for Hawaii. As soon as I got onto the train, the conductor announced a delay.
2. To figure out that someone is doing something in secret. Keep your voice down, we don't want mom to get onto us! The police are here—somebody's gotten onto us!
See also: get
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes they got onto a winter-rye field, or a fallow field on which they could see stalks of wormwood, and straws sticking up through the snow and swaying in the wind; sometimes they came onto deep and even white snow, above which nothing was to be seen.
Ah, Jimmie, what do yehs t'ink I got onto las' night.
Further, she also demanded to know how the person got onto the flight in the first place and questioned the airline's decision of turning around mid-way instead of going to Tokyo and then send the passenger back to Los Angeles.
Police said today the man made his way into Shakespeare Street, towards Grey Street, turned right and right again up Hood Street and into Pilgrim Street where he got onto a bus outside the old Odeon cinema.