Definition of get at in English:

get at

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phrasal verb

  • 1get at somethingReach or gain access to something.

    ‘it's difficult to get at the screws’
    • ‘the truth is sometimes difficult to get at’
    • ‘It was possible to actually reach in and get at the components of your engine.’
    • ‘I use an old toothbrush to get at those hard to reach areas.’
    • ‘I want machines with easy access so I can get at parts that need fixing.’
    • ‘Mrs Allan said it was mine now, but she could not let me have it as it was at the back of the garage which was difficult to get at.’
    • ‘Losing a hard drive, or maybe scratching a CD can make getting at your data pretty difficult if not impossible.’
    • ‘Others are positioned in between capacitors, or up against connectors, and are generally difficult to get at after the board has been installed.’
    • ‘In an effort to get at some difficult truths, reporters and writers have at times resorted to unconventional and controversial practices.’
    • ‘Not only is truth the first casualty of war, it's also difficult to get at after the guns have been silent.’
    • ‘The inner tube was difficult to get at because the tyre itself was stuck to the wheel rim.’
    • ‘It's bolted to the bottom of the chassis, and you'll need to undo those bolts to get at the screws holding the hoses on.’
    access, gain access to, get to, reach, touch
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  • 2get at something informal Imply something.

    • ‘I can see what you're getting at’
    • ‘It's a curious image and I guess this is what you're getting at when you suggest that we are natural born cyborgs?’
    • ‘You would be hard pressed to not have someone that doesn't know what point I am getting at or trying to allude to.’
    • ‘This gets at what ethical egoists intend, while skirting the issue of constraints on moral theories.’
    • ‘There was a message from Joan, and one from George, who was implying something that she wasn't getting at.’
    • ‘What Bearden was getting at remains an unsolved issue in interpreting his work.’
    • ‘I'm not quite sure what you're getting at now, are you suggesting that loads of different people are writing stories for the series?’
    • ‘And, just in case you can't work out what I'm getting at, I would appreciate all suggestions.’
    • ‘What I'm getting at, Paige, is that I suggested to her a nanny, a nanny who had children herself, who would be a good influence on her daughter.’
    • ‘I do hope you know what I am getting at, and see the little hints of the things that they are doing to each other.’
    • ‘I knew what he was getting at, but his intentions and the meaning of his suggestion seemed lost among the others.’
    imply, suggest, intimate, insinuate, hint, mean, intend, lead up to, drive at, allude to
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  • 3get at someoneBritish informal Criticize someone subtly and repeatedly.

    • ‘I hope you didn't think I was getting at you’
    criticize, pick on, find fault with, carp at, nag
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  • 4get at someoneBritish informal Bribe or unfairly influence someone.

    • ‘he had been got at by government officials’
    • ‘So there are these faceless men there in Reykjavik, and it affects the American side too because they begin to be affected by this and they wonder whether they're being got at in some way.’
    • ‘It occurs to me that any of those seven judges could have been got at.’
    corrupt, suborn, influence, bribe, buy off, pay off
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