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(I've) got to get moving

I need to leave. Well, I've got to get going. It was lovely to see you, as always. Got to get moving before I miss my train!
See also: get, moving, to

(you've) got to get up pretty early in the morning to (do something)

It will not be easy for you to successfully do something, often something deceptive or skillful. When Mom caught me trying to sneak out of the house, all she said was, "You've got to get up pretty early in the morning to fool me." Sorry, but you've got to get up pretty early in the morning to beat me at poker.
See also: early, get, morning, pretty, to, up

a man's got to do what a man's got to do

A man must do what he feels needs to be done, even if it is dangerous or undesirable. Sometimes said ironically. It might be dangerous delivering water to the refugees, but a man's got to do what a man's got to do. I know it's a lot of cotton candy to eat, but a man's got to do what a man's got to do.
See also: to, what

if you wanna play, you gotta pay

1. You must pay some sort of fee or wager in order to participate in something. Hey, whoa, if you wanna play, you gotta pay—it's a $20 entry fee for this game. Come on, Tom, ante up. If you wanna play, you gotta pay around here.
2. By extension, if you want to participate in some activity, then you must be prepared to face the inevitable negative consequences associated with it. In the criminal world, everyone knows that doing time in prison is just a natural part of the gig. If you wanna play, you gotta pay. You're a bit hurt? Well if you wanna play, you gotta pay! I don't want a sissy on our team who can't handle getting injured.
See also: gotta, if, pay, wanna

I've got to fly

slang I have to leave; I must depart. Adam's waiting for me, so I've got to fly. Ooh, the train comes in five minutes, so I gotta fly—see you later!
See also: fly, to

something's got to give

The current situation cannot remain unchanged for much or any longer; one side or the other has got to yield to the other soon. ("Got to" is often contracted into the informal word "gotta" in this phrase.) You can't keep working these long hours without making any time for yourself or your family. Something's gotta give, Sam. I know you and Barry don't see eye to eye on this, but the business is suffering with you two locked in this standoff. Something has got to give!
See also: give, to

you('ve) gotta do what you('ve) gotta do

Said of any task or obligation that one must undertake or go through with, especially when it is difficult, unpleasant, undesirable, inconvenient, etc. ("Gotta" is a colloquial contraction of "got to.") Now, I don't like resorting to violence, but you gotta do what you gotta do when it comes to protecting your property. A: "Sorry for missing practice, but I promised the neighbors I would feed their pets." B: "No worries—you've gotta do what you've gotta do."
See also: gotta, what

you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet

Sometimes, you have to do unpleasant things in order to complete a task or meet a goal. Your students clearly don't respect you. I know you don't want to yell at them, but you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet. If I don't cut people's salaries, the company is going to go bankrupt. It's unfortunate, but you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet.
See also: crack, egg, few, make, omelet, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

gotta get up pretty early in the morning to (do something)

Rur. it would be difficult to do something (specified) because of the ability or quality involved. You gotta get up pretty early in the morning to cheat Bill Johnson. He's a sharp businessman for sure. You gotta get up pretty early in the morning to know your Bible better than Preacher Harris.
See also: early, get, gotta, morning, pretty, to, up

I've got to fly.

 and l('ve) gotta fly.; (I've) got to fly.
Fig. Inf. I have to leave right now. Time's up. I've got to fly. I've gotta fly. See you later.
See also: fly, to

You got to do what you got to do.

 and A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
One has to do whatever it is that one feels obliged to do. I know I wouldn't ever agree to that kind of thing, but you got to do what you got to do.
See also: to, what
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

I’ve got to fly

and I(‘ve) gotta fly
sent. I have to leave right now. I’ve gotta fly. See you later.
See also: fly, to

I‘ve gotta fly

See also: fly, gotta

I gotta fly

See also: fly, gotta

Something’s got to give

sent. Things cannot go on like this.; The stalemate will be broken. The pressure on me is getting to be too much. Something’s got to give.
See also: give, to
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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