get 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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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,, "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 He has been known for the spectacular saves, to be able to get across the crease for highlight-reel saves. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Predators' Pekka Rinne has become the Vezina Trophy favorite," 20 Mar. 2018

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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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