Seven useful English expressions and phrasal verbs with ‘get’

We had a look at ‘catch‘ expressions and phrasal verbs last week. This week, it’s time to look at ‘get’.

There are too many ‘get’ phrasal verbs to list in one blog post so I’ve chosen some that I find are common but students often don’t know.

Here they are:

get on with (something)
Meaning: actually start doing something
Example: It’s time to get on with my homework.

get on with (someone)
Meaning: to have a good relationship with a person
Example: I get on with my boss. We often go drinking after work.

get over (something)
Meaning: to recover from a difficult physical or emotional experience
Example: I caught a cold last week and I’m only starting to get over it.

get by
Meaning: to be able to do something but not particularly well
Example: I can’t cook very well but I can get by.

get into
Meaning: to become interested in
Example: I am really starting to get into blogging. I find it really enjoyable.

get on the good foot
Meaning: to have a good time
Example: Let’s get on the good foot and start dancing.

to have ‘get-up-and-go’
Meaning: to be proactive and motivated
Example: I’m impressed with her get-up-and-go, she started that business all by herself.

Next week, let’s have a look at expressions and idioms related to sports. In the meantime, can you think of any more ‘get’ expressions?