get back


Definition of get back

intransitive verb

1 : to come or go again to a person, place, or condition : return, revert getting back to the main topic of the lecture
2 : to gain revenge : retaliate usually used with at

transitive verb

: to regain possession of : recover

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Examples of get back in a Sentence

the distraught owner cried that she would do anything to get back her lost dog

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Basically, if you're overheated, a cool shower will help your body get back to baseline. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "10 Things to Do Before and After a Workout to Get Better Results," 3 Jan. 2019 After last night's glitzy party, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wasted no time getting back to business. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Chose a Turquoise Emilia Wickstead Dress for a Visit to the BBC," 15 Nov. 2018 Both train companies have resumed service up and down the mountain, Andina reports, and are adding more trains to help those who spent the night in Agua Calientes and Ollantaytambo get back to Cusco. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Machu Picchu Train Crash Injures Dozens," 1 Aug. 2018 Guzman told BuzzFeed that as the woman continued to yell at them, his mother told him to ignore it and get back to work. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "She called Latino man and his mom 'rapists and animals' — and said Trump agrees, video shows," 26 June 2018 So before everyone gets back in gear for the next race — Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway — here are what these 14 drivers did during their off-week. 1. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "How 14 NASCAR drivers spent their time off, from Switzerland to the World Cup," 19 June 2018 To make a long story short, the two decide to get back together and start over without rushing things. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory Season 12, Episode 12 Recap: Penny and Leonard Have a Big Decision," 10 Jan. 2019 While getting back together is a total possibility, Alexis and Alan will likely have to go the long-distance route for a bit. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Alexis Ren's Crypitc Tweet Has Fans Convinced She Wants to Get Back With Alan Bersten," 4 Jan. 2019 Us Weekly, the on-again, off-again couple have seemingly decided to end their relationship after getting back together in the summer of 2018. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Have Reportedly Broken Up for the Second Time," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of get back

1605, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of get back was in 1605

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