get around


Definition of get around 

transitive verb

2 : to get the better of

intransitive verb

1a : to find or take the necessary time or effort used with to

b : to give attention or consideration used with to

2 : to go from place to place

3 : to become known or current word got around that he was resigning

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Examples of get around in a Sentence

somehow, an inexperienced lawyer managed to get around the media giant's stable of high-priced legal eagles somehow she managed to get around the rules for paying the sales tax on a car bought out of state

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Word does get around, however, and the prospect of a meeting between Kim and Trump had already been on the public's radar., "Isolated North Korean Public Mostly Unaware of Historic Trump-Kim Summit," 11 June 2018 Using local streets to get around the closure won't be as easy today, due to parts of the Downtown area already closing down for festivities. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Heading Downtown Indianapolis for some fun and fireworks? Here's what you need to know," 4 July 2018 While this got around that pesky HTTPS requirement, this obviously creates an insecure connection. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?," 1 July 2018 By creating an alliance, the opposition parties allowed a small Islamist party to get around the 10 percent parliamentary threshold, and collaborated behind the scenes to help the pro-Kurdish party pass the threshold. New York Times,, "Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims victory in pivotal Turkish election," 24 June 2018 To get around this, SFR companies are beginning to buy homes directly from the source—home builders. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why single-family rental companies are cozying up to home builders," 15 June 2018 In 2015, a video by The Oregonian/OregonLive chronicled drivers heading into oncoming traffic to get around cars sitting in the median and trying to turn left and head east on the highway. Andrew Theen,, "Beaverton's 'intersection from hell' will, finally, get traffic signals," 5 June 2018 Broward commissioners could drive another nail into the coffin of Fort Lauderdale’s Wave streetcar project today, potentially ending a 14-year effort to provide light-rail-style trains for residents and visitors to get around downtown. Larry Barszewski,, "Will today be the end for Fort Lauderdale's streetcars?," 8 May 2018 To get around this, many hire out-of-state callers who don’t need such approval. Rob Weinberg, Pomerado News, "Mr. Marketing: Stop calling me!," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of get around

1798, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3

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