get through - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theyget through
he/she/itgets through
present participlegetting through
past tensegot through
past participlegot through
  1. 1
    [transitive] get through something to manage to deal with a difficult situation or to stay alive until it is over

    The refugees will need help to get through the winter.

    I just have to get through the first five minutes of my speech, and then I’ll be fine.

    1. a.
      get someone through/get someone through something to help someone to deal with a difficult situation or to stay alive until it is over

      She was relying on luck to get her through.

      He needs a lot of coffee to get him through the day.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to be connected to a place by telephone

    I couldn’t get through – the line was engaged.

    get through to:

    I finally got through to Warren on his mobile.

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  3. 3
    [transitive] get through something to finish dealing with some work, a subject etc

    There was a lot to get through in the meeting.

  4. 4
    [transitive] get through something to reach a good enough standard to pass a test

    How did he ever get through his driving test?

    1. a.
      [transitive] get someone through something to help someone pass a test etc
  5. 5
    [transitive] get through something British to use or finish something

    How do we get through so much milk?

  6. 6
    [transitive] get something through something to have a new law accepted by a parliament

    Getting a bill through Congress is a long process.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a law gets through, it is accepted by a parliament
See also main entry: get