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get at

Definition of get at

  1. 1 :  to reach (something or someone) <The valve is hard to get at unless you have a special tool.> <An angry mob tried to get at him but the police protected him.>

  2. 2 :  to find out (information that is hidden or hard to know) <How can we ever get at the truth?>

  3. 3 :  to say or suggest (something) in an indirect way —usually used as getting at <Just what are you getting at?>

  4. 4 British :  to criticize (someone) repeatedly <He says his teachers are always getting at him unfairly.> <He's always being got at by his teachers.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. :  a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law



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