get about(redirected from gotten about)
1. To physically move around, especially after an illness or injury. I'm getting about much better these days, now that I'm not on crutches anymore.
2. To spread among a number of people, as of news, rumors, etc. When news of this tax scandal gets about, your career in politics will be finished!
3. To participate in social activities. I haven't seen her in months—I suspect that depression has made her less apt to get about.
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get aboutand get around
to manage to move around. I broke my hip last year, but I can still get about. Dad can't get around too much anymore, so I go over to help him.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Also get around. Move around, be active, especially after an illness. For example, At 85 Jean still gets around very well, or Arthritis makes it hard for him to get about. [Mid-1800s]
2. Become known, circulate, as in The news of her engagement got about very quickly. [Early 1800s] Also see get around, def. 4.
3. Be socially active, as in After her husband died, she didn't get about much for a year. Also see get around, def. 3 and 4.
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.
To be out of bed and beginning to walk again, as after an illness: Many days passed after the heart operation before I was able to get about.
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.