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Definitions

  • A dog breaks a hole through ice to get a drink
    A dog breaks a hole through ice to get a drink
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v get to arrive at the point of "She gets to fretting if I stay away from home too long"
    • v get to 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 to reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team" "We made it!","She may not make the grade"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

It Takes Nine Baths to Get Down To American Epidermis 304 It Takes Nine Baths to Get Down To American Epidermis 304
Si's Load Begins to Get Heavy 023 Si's Load Begins to Get Heavy 023
PAUSING TO GET LAUNDRY-WORK DONE PAUSING TO GET LAUNDRY-WORK DONE
Two to one he gets away Two to one he gets away
The sisters struggle to get out of the pit The sisters struggle to get out of the pit
Two kittens run to get out of the rain Two kittens run to get out of the rain
It Does Not Take Opera Music to Get People To Heaven 027 It Does Not Take Opera Music to Get People To Heaven 027
Little Time was lost in getting to the Post Little Time was lost in getting to the Post

Quotations

  • Brigitte Bardot
    Brigitte Bardot
    “Women get more unhappy the more they try to liberate themselves.”
  • John Enoch Powell
    John Enoch Powell
    “If I cannot understand my friend's silence, I will never get to understand his words.”
  • Robert Collier
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    “You have to sow before you can reap. You have to give before you can get.”
  • Scott Reed
    Scott Reed
    “You must give to get, You must sow the seed, before you can reap the harvest.”
  • Bob Roth
    Bob Roth
    “To get, give.”
  • Natasha Josefowitz
    Natasha Josefowitz
    “Without a goal to work toward, we will not get there.”

Idioms

Can't get to 1st base - If you can't get to first base, you're having difficulties starting something.
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Get to grips - If you get to grips with something, you take control and do it properly.
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Play hard to get - If someone plays hard to get, they pretend not to be interewsted or attracted by someone, usually to make the other person increase their efforts.
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Usage

In literature:

We can easily get to Easterhaze by a late train to-night.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
If John and Henry wanted to get to each other, they had to pass by Brodrick's house.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
No, we must stick to the land till we get to the mouth of the White Sea.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
And, look here, if we get to scrapping Horace will hear us and then you won't get away in any case.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
From time to time he endeavoured to get the old man to take a little stimulant.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
I tried to get to her, and in trying to get to her I awoke.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
But how'll we get to Bear Cat?
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
She must be cool and careful if she were to get to Aunt Susan's to-day.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
As soon as we get to town I'll give you a check that's in my office safe.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
Let's try to get to the hospital tent.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
It is said to be next to impossible to get to Johnstown proper to-day in any manner except by rowboat.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Now there's old Rob, he's trying to get to the edge of the rocks; I can see he's got his camera all ready.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
There's only one way to get to the bottom of this thing and that is to beat Mascola at his own game.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
It did not seem consistent with his haste to leave the Wolverine and his frequent assertion that he must get to work.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
De Verceuil checked his rush to get to his Tartar charges, and turned to the contessa.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Turning up now, when Simon had problem enough trying to find a way to get to France.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
I want to go to the bows, for it never seems to me I am in a ship until I can get to a place where there is nothing to shut one in.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
We'll get to that point in its proper turn.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
It took weeks then to get to America.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
When she gets to running we'll come up some day and look at it.
"Calumet 'K'" by Samuel Merwin
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In poetry:

That he, with such laborious skill,
Should change from role to role,
Should daily act so many a part
To get my little soul?
"The Robe Of Christ" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
All they that dwell within thee,
To leave are ever loth,
For one man gets friends, and another
Gets honour, and one gets both.
"A Farewell" by Amy Levy
Murderers and robbers ran
To get a wag o' his black han';
The liars joining wi' the thieves,
To see if he would sign their briefs;
"Address To Satan" by Susannah Hawkins
I stay for a while to sing and to smile
And never do I get sore
When there comes a rift I saddle and drift
If I am not welcome no more
"The Saddle Tramp" by Curley Fletcher
"And didna ye get the letter, Ladye,
Tied wi' a silken string,
Whilk I sent to thee frae the far countrie,
A message of love to bring?"
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
Sad thieves in black,
A cowardly set,
Who waited for John to be gone,
That they might get
A chance to upset
The plans of the planter of corn.
"John S. Crow" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

When artist Larry Haines of Laguna Vista goes to work these days, he often has to scale some 25 feet of scaffolding to get to his painting.
When we want to get to the bottom of something, we often leave it up to one of our show correspondents, Mrs Mamie Crawford, to make a call for us.
Normally, when you sign a contract to buy a property, the contract allows you time to get to know the property to find out if it is right for you.
Andy Reid didn't want to go into full detail, but he made it pretty clear Monday afternoon that Jim Washburn's firing had to do with more than just the defensive line's inability to get to the quarterback.
If I have to pay for gas to get to the polls, why shouldn't you have to put postage on your absentee ballot.
19 years ago, Dr Bill Shelton of Lufkin had a vision to help area cancer patients who were having troubles in some very basic areas, such as finding enough money to pay for gas to get to and from treatments.
The kids get to play games, get gifts and visit with Santa.
"We can do something before the numbers get to high or before it gets completely out of hand," said Maddox.
"The really cool thing about my job is that I get to fly, and I also get to be a leader," she said.
Mack Brown and the 2011 Longhorns: Getting to know you, getting to know all about you.
If you have a way to get to Barclays Center Thursday night, you may be surprised at the deals you can get on the secondary ticket market.
"I also thought it might be a great way to get to know my staff in a different capacity, alongside them, getting healthy ," said Dr Favre.
Mitch Walding was turning from side to side, trying to find a way to get to the pop up behind third base.
A just-published survey of Consumer Reports subscribers found 60% frequently had trouble getting to sleep or were waking up in the night unable to get back to sleep.
We'd like to take a moment to encourage your readers to get to know the candidates on the ballot before they vote this election.
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In science:

Conditional Plausibility . Unconditional Plausibility Measures Before getting to conditional plausibility measures, it is perhaps best to consider unconditional plausibility measures.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
It is so because, no matter in which state we are, these are the probabilities of getting to 1 and 0 in the next step, respectively.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
Although a direct calculation of the right-hand side for weakly non-Hermitian matrices managed to get to the result valid for any number is difficult, Frahm et al.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
This means that in a large part of configuration space, the system may be trapped in a rough energy landscape and never (in MFT) get to the nativestate region where it can fold rapidly.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
We perform an approximate centering to get to the dependence on α.
Additive functionals on random search trees
By repeating this argument successively, in finitely many steps we get to an inequality that clearly holds.
An estimate on the maximum of a nice class of stochastic integrals
When b ∼ d2 > bc = 2√ac ∼ d, the minimum drops to negative, the system gets to the PSDW state, this is always the case when the distance d is sufficiently large.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
Therefore, a superfield redefinition has to be performed in order to get to canonical kinetic terms.
Flavour Symmetries and Kahler Operators
In other words, one wants to study the time H (N , M ) that the particle which was initially at −N needs to get to M − N . K.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
To get to a contradiction, let S be a maximal solvable subtriple of T .
New simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
If we define an energy function which is large when multiple bugs share a site, then the sandpile is the lowest-energy state which the rotor-router can get to in a completely symmetric way.
Goldbug Variations
When we invoke the rotors, we can get to a state with minimal energy but without the a priori symmetry that the sandpile evolution rule guarantees.
Goldbug Variations
Random-Turn Hex is the same as ordinary Hex, except that instead of alternating turns, players toss a coin before each turn to decide who gets to place the next stone.
Random-Turn Hex and other selection games
We now get to the Poisson part of the proof.
Transverse Poisson Structures to Adjoint orbits in semi-simple Lie algebras
Moreover, our results imply a lower bound for the following multi-party problem: There are n players, player i gets to know only the ith row of a given n × n real matrix A, and they want to approximate |det A| up to a multiplicative constant.
Dispersion of Mass and the Complexity of Randomized Geometric Algorithms
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