COMMON EXPRESSIONS WITH GET
GET A LIFE – Meaning: go and start doing something interesting
Example sentence: She just sits around the house all day. She really needs to get a life.
GET A MOVE ON – Meaning: Hurry up! or get going
Example sentence: Come on! Let’s get a move on! We’re going to be late.
GET LOST – Meaning: Go away
Example sentence: When she asked for help, I just told her to get lost.
GET THE SACK – Meaning: Lose your job
Example sentence: Have you heard Jim got the sack? He was late for work again.
GET OUT ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED – Meaning: to be in a bad mood or start the day badly.
Example sentence: I think you got out on the wrong side of the bed this morning. You’re not usually so grumpy.
GET TOGETHER – Meaning: party, social gathering or meeting with friends
Example sentence: We’re having a little get together at the pub after work today. Do you want to join us?
GET ON (LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE) – Meaning: to be good friends
Example sentence: The children never fight. They get on like a house on fire. / They really get on well.
GET UP AND GO – Meaning: energy or enthusiasm
Example sentence: He’s lost his get up and go. He’s still depressed.
GET A RISE – Meaning: get paid more in your job
Example sentence: I’m never going to get a rise unless I get more qualifications.
GET NOWHERE – Meaning: make no progress
Example sentence: The meeting lasted 3 hours but we got nowhere.
GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER – Meaning: get organised or improve performance
Example sentence: You can’t keep in to work late. You’ve really got to get your act together.
GET SOMEBODY DOWN – Meaning: to make depressed
Example sentence: I haven’t been able to find a new job and it’s really getting me down.
GET GOING – Meaning: to hurry up / get a move on
Example sentence: We’ve really got to get going or we’ll miss the film.
GET YOUR OWN BACK – Meaning: take revenge
Example sentence: She tricked me and I can’t wait to get my own back on her.
GET AWAY WITH MURDER – Meaning: to be undisciplined or not punished for doing bad things
Example sentence: That child gets away with murder.
GET AWAY (FROM IT ALL) – Meaning: to take a break
Example sentence: I’m looking forward to our holiday. It’s going to good to get away from it all. / Our flight is tomorrow. I can’t wait to get away!