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get (someone's) back
To be willing and prepared to help or defend someone; to look out for someone in case they need assistance. Don't worry about those thugs, buddy. I'll get your back if they ever come bother you again. You can always rely on your parents to get your back.
1. To move away (from someone or something). Often used as an imperative. Tom, get back! That thing is dangerous!
2. To return (to some previous location). Often followed by "to." When I get back, you and I are going to have a long conversation about what just happened. I think the boss gets back to the office on Tuesday.
3. To retrieve someone or something (from someone or some place). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "back." My mom wants me to get back the watch I traded at school for a stack of rare trading cards. He drove to the summer camp in the mountains to get his daughter back after she came down with severe food poisoning.
4. To repair one's friendship or romantic relationship with someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "back." I just want to get my friend back. He hasn't spoken to me ever since our horrible fight. A: "Where are you going?" B: "To Dallas, to get back my girlfriend!"
5. To punish or exact revenge on one in retribution for a past wrong. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "get" and "back." I thought I was being pretty funny by making those sarcastic remarks during the meeting, but the boss got me back by doubling my workload that week. After spending the summer lifting weights, I'll be ready to get those kids back who bullied me at school.
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get someone or something back
to receive someone or something back; to recover someone who had been taken away; to recover something that had been taken away. Beth finally got her car back from the service station. She got back her car.
get back (to someone) (on something)
Fig. to continue talking with someone (at a later time); to find out information and tell it to a person (at a later time). I don't have the answer to that question right now. Let me find out and get back to you. Okay. Please try to get back early tomorrow.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Also get back to. Return to a person, place, or condition. For example, What time will you get back? or I hope he'll get back to the subject of this report. [c. 1600]
2. Recover something, as in When will I get this book back? [c. 1800]
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 have something returned to one's possession: I shouldn't have let the dog run away with the ball; now we'll never get it back. Don't give him that box; I'll never get back the books.
2. To return to some place, condition, or activity, or to someone's possession: How will we get back to the city if the road is closed? Let's get back to the subject that we were discussing earlier.
3. To return someone or something: I'll go with you if you can get me back to the office by 2:00. Please get the kids back by lunchtime.
4. To resume doing something: I'll get back to reading this book when my chores are done.
5. To renew a relationship with someone: The drummer got back with the jazz band after a short career as a violinist. A few days after their argument, Pat got back together with Chris.
6. To retaliate or punish someone in return for some wrongdoing: You may have won this fight, but I'll get you back tomorrow!
7. To respond or react to someone, especially in retaliation for some wrongdoing: She wrote a critical article about him, but he got back at her by ignoring it completely.
8. get back into To resume some regular activity, or renew an interest in something, after not having been involved with it for a period of time: I got back into bicycling after many years of doing nothing in my spare time but swim. They got back into rock music after losing interest in jazz.
9. get back to or get back with To make contact with someone or something at a later time: They said they would get back to me once they had decided whether or not they would buy my car. I have to leave right now, but I'll get back with you with a response after lunch.
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