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get (one) started
To cause one to start enthusiastically discussing some topic. Don't get Grandpa started—unless, of course, you want to hear about the "Farmers' Almanac" all night. A: "OK, why exactly are you mad at Dante?" B: "Oh, don't get me started! He's a real creep, I'll tell you that much."
get (something) started
1. To cause something to begin or get underway. A: "What time are we going to get this dinner started?" B: "Soon, soon, I'm just waiting for a few more people." Robin's here, so let's get this party started! Woo!
2. To create something or bring something into being. If we're going camping, please tell me you know how to get a fire started. If you want to get a new spreadsheet started, just go to "File" and click on "New."
3. To turn on a car's engine. Here are my keys—go get the car started and turn the heater on. It's freezing!
To begin to undertake some task. It's already 6:00—if you're cooking something for dinner, you had better get started. Get started—I'll be back to check on you in a bit. It will be another hour or so before I'm ready to eat, so you go ahead and get started.
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