|get about/around||1) Move from place to place
2) Spread, circulate
|1) It’s not easy to get around the city without
2) News of their separation soon got about.
|get along (with)||Be on good terms / work well with.||I get along (well) with my mother-in-law.|
|get at||Imply||What exactly are you trying to get at?|
|get away||Escape||The robbers got away in a black car.|
|get by (on)||Manage to cope or to survive.||It’s difficult to get by on a low salary.|
|get down to||Start to actually do something.||It’s time to get down to some serious work!|
|get in||Enter||How did the burglar get in?|
|get into (+ noun)||Enter||How did the burglar get into the house?|
|get off||1) Leave (bus, train, plane).
2) Remove from something.
|1) Get off the bus at Trafalgar Square.
2) She’s trying to get off the stain.
|get on||Board (bus, train, plane)||You can pay when you get on the bus.|
|get on with||Continue to do something / make progress||Be quiet and get on with your homework.|
|get on (well) with||Have a good relationship with||I get on very well with my colleagues.|
|get out||Leave||How did he get out?|
|get out of (+noun)||Leave||How did he get out of the house?|
|get out of (+verb)||Avoid doing something||Some husbands manage to get out of
doing any housework.
|get over||Recover from (illness, disappointment)||Charlie had the ‘flu but he got over it.|
|get rid of||Eliminate||It’s difficult to get rid of old habits.|
|get round (to)||Find the necessary time to do something.||I finally got round to making the list that I promised.|
|get together||Meet each other||Let’s get together for lunch one day.|
|get up||Rise / leave bed||I usually get up at 7 o’clock.|
|give away||1) Give something free of charge.
2) Reveal something.
|1) He gave away most of his paintings.
2) The names of the witnesses will not be given away.
|give back||Return something to its owner.||He promised to give back the money he borrowed..|
|give in||Accept defeat; surrender||The authorities refused to give in to the demands of the population.|
|give over!||Stop doing something irritating.||Give over complaining! It doesn’t help at all!|
|give up||1) Stop doing something.
2) Stop trying to do something
|1) Sarah gave up smoking five years ago.
2) Have you found the answer? No, I give up
|gloss over||Treat something briefly so as to avoid embarrassing details.||The director glossed over the recent drop in sales.|
|go after||Pursue (an object or a goal)||She went after her dream and is now an actress.|
|go along (with)||Agree with; accept.||Alex tends to go along with anything his wife says.|
|go away||1) Leave a place
2) Disappear / fade
|1) We decided to go away for a few days.
2) The stain still hasn’t gone away.
|go back||Return||Children go back to school after the holidays.|
|go by||Pass||– A bus went by without stopping.
– Time goes by so quickly!
|go down||Decrease, reduce||The price of property has gone down a bit.|
|go down with||Become ill with an infectious disease||Half of the team has gone down with the flu.|
|go for||Try to gain or attain.||He trained hard and went for the gold medal.|
|go in||Enter||There’s a nice restaurant. Let’s go in and
book a table for tonight.
|go into (+ noun)||Go inside||Go into the bakery and see if they sell croissants.|
|go into (+ noun)||Join or enter a profession.||He decided to go into the army when he left school.|
|go in for||Have something as an interest or hobby.||She doesn’t really go in for sports.|
|go off||1) Explode
2) Ring/ make a loud noise
3) Stop working
4) No longer be good to eat or drink
5) No longer like or enjoy.
|1)A bomb went off in a crowded restaurant.
2) The alarm clock was set to go off at 6 a.m.
3) The heating has gone off. It’s freezing!
4) The milk has gone off. Don’t drink it.
5) My grandmother has gone off crosswords
|go on||Continue.||Sorry for interrupting. Please go on.|
|go out||Leave one’s home to attend a social event.||Many young people go out a lot.|
|go (out) with||Have someone as a boyfriend/girlfriend.||Is Julie going (out) with Tom?|
|go over||Review||Please go over your answers before handing
in your test.
|go up||Increase, rise||The price of petrol may go up.|
|go through||1) Experience
2) Examine, study carefully.
|1) Pete went through a lot of pain after the
2) I need time to go through the contract.
|go through with||Proceed with something difficult||Bill and Amy finally went through with the divorce.|
|go with/together||Match; harmonize (with)||The curtains don’t go with the carpet.
The curtains and carpet don’t go together.
|go without||Abstain from||I had to go without lunch to finish the report.|
|grow up||Spend one’s childhood / become an adult||He grew up in a small village.|
|hand back||Return||She read the article and then handed it back.|
|hand down||Pass on (by tradition, inheritance…)||My clothes were handed down to me by my older sister.|
|hand in||Submit (report, homework)||All application forms must be handed in before the end of the month.|
|hand out||Distribute||Samples will be handed out at the end
of the demonstration.
|hand over||Give to someone in authority.||The boy was forced to hand over the mobile phone he had stolen.|
|hang back||Be reluctant to do something||All the children rushed towards the clown except one boy who hung back.|
|hang on||Wait||Hang on a minute. I’m early ready.|
|hang on (to)||Keep a hold on something||Hang on to that rope and you’ll be ok.|
|hang out||Spend time in a particular place or with a group of friends||Where does he hang out these days?
Who does he hang out with?
|hang up||End a telephone conversation||Don’t hang up. I haven’t finished yet.|
|head off||Start to go somewhere.||He headed off to the train station.|
|head for||Go/move in a certain direction.||The boat was heading for the rocks.|
|hit at||Aim a blow at something.||He hit at the wasp with a newspaper.|
|hit back||Retaliate / reply to an attack||When he was attacked, the boy hit back.|
|hit on/upon||Find unexpectedly or by inspiration||She hit upon an idea for her new collection.|
|hold on||1) Wait
2) Grip tightly
|1) Hold on please. I’ll put you through to Mr. Brown.
2) She held on to the railing as she crossed the bridge.
|hold up||Show as a example||She held up the diagram for all to see.|
|hook up||Fasten (a garment)||I need help to hook up my dress.|
|hook up (with)||Link broadcasting facilities||Many networks are hooked up by satellite.|
|hurry up||Be quick / act speedily||Hurry up! We’ll miss the bus!|