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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Plays like that might make Kuechly even itchier to get back to work. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Panthers LB Luke Kuechly really misses football. How long before he can hit someone?," 12 June 2018 The restaurant is too far from Parliament for MPs to get back in time to vote. The Economist, "Last orders for political drinking," 31 May 2018 But a team’s luxury tax bill is not determined until the final day of the regular season, giving Miami time to continue efforts to get back under the tax. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Wayne Ellington agrees to deal with Heat," 12 July 2018 But Firefly's more interested in making time with Mrs. Teasdale than helping the country get back on its feet (when his secretary of labor relays that workers are demanding shorter hours, Firefly agrees—and cuts their lunch breaks to 20 minutes). Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, "10 Scathing Political Satires to Stream This Independence Day," 3 July 2018 Maybe this emphasis now is getting back to his roots, what he was raised on. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football is rebuilding its recruiting pipeline in Ohio. Here's why.," 12 July 2018 Lowery says there's little opportunity for Dell to get back into the market of selling servers to cloud computing providers. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Dell Is Ready to Go Public Again. But Has it Really Changed?," 2 July 2018 The bipartisan Senate measure, part of a defense bill, passed 85-10 and came two days before Trump was to host Republican members of Congress to discuss ways to allow ZTE to get back into business. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Why ZTE Shares Are Plunging Again," 19 June 2018 Kenneally returned to Chicago after the Blackbird closed and got back into working sound at concerts. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Music / RIP Remembering soundman and musician Patrick Kenneally, who nurtured scenes in Chicago and Portland," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of get back

1605, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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