get across

verb
got across; got across or gotten across; getting across; gets across

Definition of get across

intransitive verb

: to become clear or convincing

transitive verb

: to make clear or convincing we couldn't get our point across

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Examples of get across in a Sentence

what I'm trying to get across is that there simply is no money for the project

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The message the group wants to get across is the same as the message that was presented during the 50 Miles More March, according to its website. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area students will march on Columbine anniversary as they continue to seek gun reform," 19 Apr. 2018 Carnoustie, Scotland Most golfers have spent this week plotting their way around the third hole at Carnoustie as if hopping between stepping stones to get across a pond. Brian Costa, WSJ, "The British Open Sets Up a Clash of Styles," 20 July 2018 Officials say a small portion of Beach Drive between Wise Road and West Beach Drive NW will remain open during this phase to allow for traffic to get across the park. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Another portion of Beach Drive reopens Monday," 8 July 2018 That's part of the message that James Middleton, brother of literal royal Kate Middleton, aims to get across in his new raw, emotional essay about his own struggles with depression. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Brother, James, Opens Up About His Struggles With Depression in an Emotional New Essay," 12 Jan. 2019 On their own, pictured on straight-sized e-commerce models, though, that message didn't get across. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Online Retailer Revolve Removes Sweatshirts From Its Website After Accusations of Fat-Shaming," 12 Sep. 2018 But controlling the supply of synthetics is probably impossible — given the incredibly small volumes that need to get across the border. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Opioid addiction is plateauing. But the crisis isn’t over.," 23 July 2018 This time, Karlsson didn’t get all of the shot, but Hellebuyck couldn’t get across in time, and Vegas had a 1-0 lead just 2:25 in. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs: Vegas Takes Game 4, One Win Away From Stanley Cup Final," 18 May 2018 Cybersecurity is an incredibly complex topic -- and the nuances are sometimes hard to get across in the headlines or in politicial punditry. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Voters' distrust of election security is just as powerful as an actual hack, officials worry," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of get across

1911, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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