get around

got around; got around or gotten around; getting around; gets 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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This could mean the area is experiencing power outages or water isn't safe to drink, but people can get around. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "How Waffle House became an unofficial authority for disaster-affected areas," 4 Sep. 2019 Major changes to the way Americans get around can both reduce emissions and make transportation more resilient to the effects of a warming climate. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Will the candidates talk housing, transportation at the next Democratic debates?," 30 July 2019 How many people should be allowed to die just getting around the city streets? Los Angeles Times, "Pedestrians die every 90 minutes in the U.S., and low-income areas are hurt most," 16 Sep. 2019 Outside linebacker Matthew Tago didn’t wear a boot, but got around on one crutch. oregonlive, "Oregon State takes a satisfying 45-7 win over Cal Poly into an off week, but injuries are mounting," 15 Sep. 2019 McNeal, who played on Alabama's 1992 national championship team, often turned his dorm room at Bryant Hall into a little pop-up kitchen, and word got around about his fried catfish, chicken and pork chops. Bob Carlton |, al, "The Alabama football hero who became a cheesecake king," 12 Sep. 2019 Forest Laboratories was sold to Actavis, now Allergan, for approximately $28 billion in 2014; Howard Solomon made roughly $47 million off the sale, and David got around $20 million. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Democratic Party’s Addiction to Dirty Money," 6 Sep. 2019 When Titans linebacker Harold Landry III got around Greg Robinson in the first quarter, Chubb picked up the block. Scott Patsko,, "Nick Chubb was the Nick Chubb everyone expected: Week 1 positives," 9 Sep. 2019 On our road, someone carved out a path to get around the gaps. Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: Dorian leaves wrecked homes and lives on Grand Bahama Island," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of get around

1798, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3

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