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

Examples of get across in a Sentence

what I'm trying to get across is that there simply is no money for the project
Recent Examples on the Web The important message to get across is that protecting the bear protects people, too. Nell Lewis, CNN, 18 Jan. 2022 Now, Russians opposed to the war can’t get across the U.S. border. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Mar. 2022 There are thousands who’ve parked to the east, and there’s a chance for the swift and alert to get across before the rest of the convoy gets there. al, 28 Feb. 2022 An investigation is currently underway to determine why the drawbridge began to open before all pedestrians were able to safely get across. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, 7 Feb. 2022 In another gallery, a bleak, life-size rendering of a chain-link fence bears the names of thousands of migrants who died trying to get across the U.S.-Mexico border, for a memorial that includes the exhaustive toil of its making as tribute. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, 18 Dec. 2021 Nothing can get across the finish line without the approval of Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, the two centrist Democrats who have been the focus of White House officials and Democratic leaders for months. Phil Mattingly, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 To assume that any given HBO series or pop album in 2021 isn’t trying to get across some social message is to be naive. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 26 Oct. 2021 How did escaped tortoise Frankie get across Foothill Drive alive? Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of get across

1911, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of get across was in 1911

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9 Apr 2022

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“Get across.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/get%20across. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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