13/7/18 Many useful phrasal verbs with GET

  • Get away — To escape. You may have heard the phrase “getaway car.” That’s the car used by criminals to run away from a crime scene, like a bank robbery.
“Carmen’s neighbor tried to show her pictures of all her cats, but Carmen managed to get away.”
  • Get around — To solve a problem by avoiding the main issue. This phrase can also be used very informally to refer to someone who has many sexual partners. As you can imagine, it’s not very nice to say that someone “gets around”!
“Some people know all the different ways to get around tax laws.”
  • Get along (with) — To have a friendly relationship with someone.
“Some people are surprised that I get along with my mother-in-law really well!”
  • Get up — To stand up, or to wake up.
“I have so much trouble getting up in the morning that I have to set three alarms.”
  • Get back to — To return to someone or something. This phrase is often used to say that you will return with an answer to a question or a request at a later time.
“Derek’s coworker wasn’t sure what time the meeting was, so he said he’d get back to him with the time.”
  • Get back at — To get revenge on someone.
“Her ex-husband took her house so she got back at him by taking his dogs.”