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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyget at
he/she/itgets at
present participlegetting at
past tensegot at
past participlegot at
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  1. 1
    get at something to manage to reach or touch something

    I keep the sweets up here where the children can’t get at them.

  2. 2
    [usually progressive]get at something to try to suggest something without saying it directly

    What are you getting at?

  3. 3
    get at something to discover the true facts about something

    This was an attempt to stop journalists getting at the truth.

  4. 4
    get at someone British informal to criticize someone again and again in a way that is unfair

    Why are you always getting at me?

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