get at

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v get at cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me","It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
    • v get at reach or gain access to "How does one access the attic in this house?","I cannot get to the T.V. antenna, even if I climb on the roof"
    • v get at influence by corruption
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The chances of getting a cavity is higher if candy is eaten slowly throughout the day compared to eating it all at once and then brushing your teeth
    • Get at to reach, attain
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Quotations

  • Harry Hershfield
    Harry Hershfield
    “I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.”
  • Kin Hubbard
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    “Live so that you can at least get the benefit of the doubt.”
  • Austin O'Malley
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    “The best blood will at some time get into a fool or a mosquito.”
  • Diana Ross
    Diana Ross
    “Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    C.%20S.%20Lewis
    “Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gitan, to get.

Usage

In literature:

How are we to get at it?
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
What are you getting at?
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
We want to get at it anyway we can, don't we?
"Radio Boys Loyalty" by Wayne Whipple
Several unsuccessful efforts were made by each to get the other to his house before the door of either was opened at last.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
You will want a pair of pumps, and a pair of white silk socks; these you can get at Manchester.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
She did not want Brodrick to think that she was making use of him, that she was always trying to get at him.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
I don't suppose the goods cost you fifty at the outside, and you will get at least a hundred for the skins alone.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Well, that's what I'm getting at.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
Out my way we don't get much chance at schoolin'.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
L. Yes; a brown one: Lucilla, you can get at the tip of it nicely, under Florrie's arm; just pull one out for me.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
But if Fendrick could get at him some way he might put down his John Hancock.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
There's lots to do; let's get at it.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Again just as at first a small child can not get outside himself, so he can not get outside the immediate.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
He tried to get a shot at them, but could not get enough angle on to the revolver.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
The water has fallen so much that it is possible to get at the bodies.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
We found him doing well, cursing the French, and aching to get at them again.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
Why couldn't hard-headed business men realize the value of the thing he was trying to get at?
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
He'd get at the truth of it.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
It will be better to get at the truth and face it.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
We wanted to get at it ourselves.
"Gold" by Stewart White
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In poetry:

He turn'd him right and round again,
Said, Scorn na at my mither;
Light loves I may get mony a ane,
But minni ne'er anither.
"Elspeth's Ballad" by Sir Walter Scott
I rose up at the dawn of day—
`Get thee away! get thee away!
Pray'st thou for riches? Away! away!
This is the Throne of Mammon grey.'
"I Rose Up at the Dawn of Day" by William Blake
This poetry, I never know what I'm going to say.
I don't plan it.
When I'm outside the saying of it,
I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.
"Who Says Words With My Mouth?" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
‘I pray you let me be at peace,
Get hence, make room for me to die.’
She said that: her poor lip would cease,
Put up to mine, and turn to cry.
"The Leper" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
I'll get the license; get your dress,
And flowers to make a bride's adorning;
Then let us to the chapel press,
With bridal friends, at early morning.
"To Lizzie" by James Avis Bartley
Let them at think joys nobbut dwell
Wheear riches are piled up i' stoor,
Try to get a gooid share for thersel'
But leave me mi snug cot up o'th' moor.
"Old Moorcock" by John Hartley

In news:

Well, we may not be able to see how 'The Munsters' get reborn as ' Mockingbird Lane' on a weekly basis, but at least we'll get to see what Bryan Fuller came up with for the pilot.
Deeply pessimistic, hopelessly romantic and a straight shooter no matter how crooked his path, Harry Hole is all about challenging authority to get at the truth and restore moral balance to the world.
Get at me online, XBOX 360, watching sports.
You have to be very good at the defence play to stay in the game as long as possible and maybe to get them a little bit frustrated and take the opportunities we get like we did in the first period.
For Steve Hannah, CEO of The Onion , this is what he's trying to get at: "Can you do the job, and would I enjoy working with you".
The way I look at it, and I know feel the same way, is that we have to get as many teams and as many opportunities to get kids to play.
Thanks to David Porter at Pacesetter Mortgage in Michigan for explaining how you can get your name taken off the list for getting unsolicited loan offers.
Whenever I post about the impact of beliefs on lives and careers, I tend to get at least one comment contrasting " optimism " and "realism".
Nice that it gives you easy access with resealable cover, but the Oreos on the side rows are hard to get at.
He's got a show tonight at Jillian's with Taddy Porter and The Lost Sons, but if you'd like to get a sample of what you'll get here's a couple of songs he played for us at the Q103 studios today.
Teen gets at least 40 years in killing of rival amid paternity dispute.
A heavy dose of feminist theory is what you'll be getting at Gallery 414's current show.
Modest documentary about janitors gets at some key truths.
At Pizza Huts in the Middle East, you can't get your cake and eat it too but, you can get your pizza surrounded by mini-cheeseburgers.
Olive Oil Crust This recipe yields a crispy, traditional crust like the one you get at your local pizzeria .
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In science:

Hence we get at least kr + k + r − 2min{k , r} cutting divisors.
Rational polynomials of simple type
We assume that at each time step, providers are added at a rate r, with a probability f < r a randomly chosen provider vanishes and users connected to it are rewired to another provider, according to the “richer-gets-richer” rule, and users are introduced with probability u = 1 − r − f .
Growing dynamics of Internet providers
We also found that the ground-state distribution for the IEM exactly at half-filling (K = 14 and Np = 7), gets close to a two-dimensional GOE, as shown at the top of Fig.4.
Ground State Properties of Many-Body Systems in the Two-Body Random Ensemble and Random Matrix Theory
Putting all the above together we get |aT −2tc | ≤ appropriate choice of c.
Quantum Random Walks Hit Exponentially Faster
As the inverse function of q = q(t, q ) is given by q = y (t, ¯q) = ¯q − at, we get u(t, q) = U (t, q)|q=y(t, ¯q) = u(q − at)e−i−1 (bqt−2−1 abt2 ) .
An extension of the method of characteristic to a system of Partial Differential Operators-- an application to the Weyl equation with external field by "Super Hamiltonian path-integral method"
What is needed is that every row of the table gets at least one element changed.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
The results from WMAP will give us more precise cosmological parameters and the information which we can’t get at the accelerators.
A general condition of inflationary cosmology on trans-Planckian physics
Using the velocities from the absorption lines at position II Ap 5, directly on the NW arc, we apply its “moving mirror” redshift of 54 km s−1 to the K I velocity at this position, and get 31 km s−1 , close to the 35 km s−1 systemic velocity of the star.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
To simplify calculations, we will just prove that the order is smaller than order(n9 ) and work with that.] To get at least one straight crossing by S of an interval of length order(n2 ) we need order(2n2 ) trials.
Reconstructing a two-color scenery by observing it along a simple random walk path
The toughness t(G) of a graph G is the largest real t so that for every positive integer x ≥ 2 one should delete at least tx vertices from G in order to get an induced subgraph of it with at least x connected components. G is t-tough if t(G) ≥ t.
Pseudo-random graphs
By choosing slow varying functions of higher order, essential for example to get the higher order terms in the expansion necessary to go beyond the NLS even at the lowest order we would get a nonlinear difference equation involving many more lattice points.
Multiple-scale analysis of discrete nonlinear partial difference equations: the reduction of the lattice potential KdV
However, what is missing is a systematic and easy mechanism to get at explicit expressions for these quantities.
Bayesian Poisson process partition calculus with an application to Bayesian L\'evy moving averages
From (23) it is straightforward to get, from the density, ρ (x, t) , of particles at time t the density at time t + △t.
On a heuristic point of view concerning the motion of matter. From random metric to Schroedinger equation
Eve can indeed launch an attack on the key and use her resulting information on the key to get at future and past data.
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
But for such a value of the potential, we would need roughly N ∼ O(106 ) in order to get at least 50 e-folds in the strong dissipative regime, which seems rather large and unnatural2 .
Warm inflation dynamics in the low temperature regime
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