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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyget at
he/she/itgets at
present participlegetting at
past tensegot at
past participlegotten at

Related meanings

  1. 1
    [usually progressive] get at something to try to suggest something without saying it directly

    What are you getting at?

  2. 2
    get at something to discover the true facts about something

    This was an attempt to stop reporters from getting at the truth.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of get at
  3. 3
    get at something to manage to reach or touch something

    I keep the cookies up here where the children can't get at them.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of get at
  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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