get in(redirected from gotten in)
1. To access or enter some place. No, I forgot my key, so I can't get in. You can get in the house through the back door. I usually leave it unlocked.
2. To bring someone or something into some place or thing. There's a storm coming, so get all the kids in the school right away! We need to get the supplies in before it starts raining.
3. To arrive at some destination. What time does your plane get in? It's a long drive, so we won't get in until after midnight.
4. To be admitted into a program or institution. She applied to some really good schools, but with her grades, I'm afraid she won't get in.
5. To use one's position or influence to cause someone to gain admittance to some organization or place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "in." I heard you were a member of that club. Do you think you could get me in? I work backstage, so I could probably get you in the concert for free, if you want.
6. To cause someone or something to fit into something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "in." I can't possibly get one more thing in my suitcase—you'll have to see if Mom has any room in hers. Let's see if we can get everyone in my van. I don't want to take two cars if we don't have to.
7. To ensure that something, such as food, drink, or medicine, is ingested by or administered to someone or oneself. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "in." You'll need to get this antivenom in the patient as soon as possible. You look a bit think. Here, get some of this food in you.
8. To manage to do something within a specific time frame. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "in." I just need to get in another five minutes of sleep before the alarm goes off again. I would like to get in a few more reps before the end of my workout.
9. To fit into a particular article of clothing. I'm having a hard time getting in this dress—can you zip it for me? I put on a little weight over the holidays, so hope I can still get in my jeans.
10. To enter, reach, or attain a particular state or condition. I'm trying to get in shape for the wedding, but I hate going to the gym. I got in trouble for talking during class.
11. To cause someone or something to enter a particular state or condition. We need to get the whole house in order before grandma gets here. The news just got me in a bit of a bad mood.
12. To join or become knowledgeable about something. Usually followed by "on." We need to get in on Joe's latest money-making scheme! Once news of the gold rush started to spread, everyone in the country wanted in on it.
13. To become involved with or accepted by someone. Usually followed by "with." Don't worry about getting in with the popular kids at school—just focus on your studies. I worry that she's been getting in with the wrong sorts of people lately.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
get someone or something in(to) somethingand get someone or something in
to manage to fit someone or something into something. I will try to get you into the beginning of the line. The key is bent, but I think I can get it in. He struggled to get in the key.
get someone in(to) something
1. Lit. to manage to put someone into a confining area or into clothing. I couldn't get Billy into his boots!
2. Fig. to manage to get someone enrolled into a school, club, organization, class, etc.; to manage to get someone accepted into something. Somehow, we managed to get Jody into a fine private school. We got her in the group at last! Well, I managed to get myself into the class I wanted.
get something in(to) someone
to make something enter someone or something. Get that morphine into her before she goes into shock. Let's get some food into him. He looks starved.
get something in(to) something
to manage to put something into something. I got the notice into tomorrow's newspaper. I will get the replacement battery into the car right away.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Enter a place, as in We managed to get in just before the doors closed. [First half of 1500s]
2. Arrive, as in We got in late last night. [Early 1600s]
3. Be elected to office or become accepted, as in a club. For example, Marge asked the club if she could get in. The variant get into takes an object, as in Things changed after he got into office. [Late 1500s]
4. Succeed in including, delivering, or finishing something, as in Can you get in that last paragraph? or I hope you'll get it in on time. Also see get in with.
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 enter something: Please get in the back seat. We opened the door of the car and got in.
2. To arrive: He got in late last night.
3. To become accepted to some institution, such as a school or club: I applied to cooking school and, fortunately, I got in.
4. To cause someone or something to come to or be admitted to a place: Please get the children in before noon. The standards of the school are high, but your good grades will get you in.
5. To succeed in making or doing something within a restricted period of time: The milk truck got six deliveries in before noon. The postal carrier got in the entire route before 2:00.
6. To attain some condition, especially unwittingly: The hooligans got in trouble for disrupting the picnic.
7. To put something into some condition: We got the car in good condition for the long trip. The runner got in great shape for the marathon.
8. get in on To gain access to or knowledge of something: At the dance club, we got in on the latest dance moves. Everybody wanted to get in on the secret.
9. get in with To become involved with something, especially with some group: She got in with a bad group of people.
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.