English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - G
|get down to brass tacks||When people get down to brass tacks,
they start to discuss the essential aspects
of a problem or situation.
The situation was so serious that after a few polite exchanges they quickly got down to brass tacks.
|get it down to a fine art||When you learn to do something
perfectly, you get it down to a fine
Entertaining her husband's business associates is not a problem for Jane; she's got that down to a fine art!
|get your ducks in a row||If you get your ducks in a row,
you get things well organised.
We need to get our ducks in a row if we want our project to succeed.
|get your feet wet||If you get your feet wet, you
start to do something new or unfamiliar or
explore new territory for the first time.
It will be a totally new experience for me but I can't wait to get my feet wet!
|get your fingers burnt||If someone gets their fingers burnt,
they suffer as a result of an unsuccessful
action and are nervous about trying again.
He got his fingers burnt so badly in the last elections that he decided to withdraw from politics.
|get into gear||When a person or activity gets
(or cranks) into gear, they start
to work or become effective.
Immediately after the announcement, a group of protesters got into gear.
|get out of hand||If a person or situation gets out of
hand, they cannot be controlled any
During the student demonstration, things got out of hand and several shop windows were broken.
|get your hands dirty||If you get your hands dirty in
your job, you become involved in all aspects
of it, including work that is physical,
unpleasant or less interesting.
His willingness to get his hands dirty won the respect and approval of the whole team.
|get hold of||If you obtain
something, or manage to contact someone, you
get hold of them.
I'd like to contact the owner. Do you know where I can get hold of him?
|get/give the low-down||If you get
or give the low-down, you get or
give complete information or facts about
I'll call you after the meeting and give you the low-down.
|get the message||When you get
the message, you understand what
someone is trying to tell you even if it is
not stated clearly.
Next time he asks you to replace him, tell him you've got an important appointment - he'll get the message.
|get it down to a fine art||When, through
practice or experience, you learn how to do
something perfectly, you get it down to
a fine art.
She's got the use of social networking down to a fine art.
|get off my back!||
If you tell someone to get off your
back, you are annoyed and ask them to
stop finding faults or criticizing you.
Get off my back Liz! You've been making comments about my work all day!
|get off the ground||If you get something off the ground,
you put it into operation after having
After a lot of hard work, we finally got the campaign off the ground.
|get off the hook||If you do something
wrong and manage to get off the hook,
you avoid punishment or blame.
Barry was questioned by the police but his lawyer managed to get him off the hook.
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