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?

Dog Tired

coffeeAll English teachers love coffee. Well, most of them do, at least. In all my years working as an English teacher, I’ve met very few colleagues who don’t like a cup of coffee in the morning to give them a bit of energy before class. That’s why I was interested to see this article on the Reuters website. I’m not an expert on medical matters but I think a more effective solution would be to reduce the hours these doctors need to work.

There was some really interesting words and expressions in this article, too. The first interesting expressions is where Steven Hambleton is quoted as saying:

For management to just say go and have a cup of coffee and get over tiredness, it cheapens the whole issue,

We can use the phrasal verb ‘get over‘ to talk about recovering from a physically or emotionally difficult experience. We often use it to talk about recovering after the end of a romantic relationship. For example, we could say “It took me weeks to get over my last girlfriend”.

Another interesting word in this quote is when he says it ‘cheapens‘ the issue meaning that it makes it seem less important or serious than it actually is.

He uses another interesting expression later, too where he is quoted as saying:

We are talking about serious issues here, and this is not just a serious suggestion at all. It can’t be a weakness to say you’re dog tired,

In this situation, ‘dog tired‘ means very, very tired. Another related expression is ‘work like a dog‘ meaning to work very hard.

The last expression I would like to look at is slightly later in the article when the author mentions a ‘full monty‘ takeover. When we talk about ‘the full monty‘ we man doing something to the fullest extent possible or in the most complete manner possible. A good example of this is a movie called “The Full Monty” where a group of male entertainers become very famous for taking off all their clothes!

How do you help yourself stay alert if you are feeling tired?

Today’s photo is by Anya-Anya.