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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyget down to
he/she/itgets down to
present participlegetting down to
past tensegot down to
past participlegotten down to
  1. 1
    get down to something to start doing something seriously or with a lot of effort

    After lunch we got down to discussing the issue of pay.

  2. 2
    get down to something to have only a few things left to use or deal with
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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