Phrasal-Verbs – Letter G

–  Phrasal-Verbs & Verb Phrases – Letter G  –


  • (to) Get A Clear Picture (of something) – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which is used to mean: to get a good understanding of something…  “Before I invest any money in your business, I need to *get a clear picture* of why you think people will pay you to tell them what they already know.”

  • (to) Get A Flat – This is a phrasal verb which means that the tire on your car (or any other type of vehicle that uses an air-filled tire) has lost the air inside, usually due to a hole in the tire…  “I *got a flat* after driving through some construction, but of course the city won’t pay for it, because they say that I can’t prove that it was their fault… assholes!”  –  (this phrase is simply a shortened version of the very phrase “to get a flat tire.”)

  • (to) Get A Good Idea (about something) – This is a verb phrase which means to get a sufficient level of understanding about something…  “Before I let you move all your things into my house, I need to *get a good idea* of how long you plan on leaving it here.”

  • (to) Get A Hold Of (someone) – This is a phrasal verb which means:  To get in contact with someone.  It used to mean by telephone, but nowadays, it can be by any form of communication…  “Make sure to *get a hold of* me when your plane lands, so that I can send a car for you.”

  • (to) Get A Loan – This is a verb phrase which means:  To receive money (as a loan) from a bank or lending institution.  This  is usually for the sake of buying a car, doing repairs on the home, starting a business etc….  “In order to start a business, most people have to resort to *getting a loan* from a bank.”

  • (to not) Get A Moment’s Rest – This is a phrasal verb which is pretty literal in it’s meaning but it is an exaggeration.  It is used to describe when one is very busy and as soon as there is a moment to rest, or as soon as the person is almost “caught up” with their tasks, something else happens that needs their attention…  “With all the tourists here for the festival, I didn’t *get a moment’s rest*…  I’ve just been busy all day long!”

  • (to) Get (one’s) Act Together – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which comes from the world of the performing arts, and probably more specifically the world of stage magicians.  This is because if a person’s performance was not very well organized and performed in a sloppy or poor manner, then the audience will not be impressed.   Read the Full Post Here

  • (to) Get (one’s) Bearings – This is a phrase which literally means:  To find one’s location in relation to one’s surroundings in order to determine direction.  This phrase is also used figuratively to mean to become comfortable about one’s situation by learning everything about a situation so that a person knows his or her state of being and can determine the best course of action to follow.

  • (to) Get (something) Going – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which is used to mean:  to get something to start moving or doing what it’s supposed to, to a larger or more extensive degree…  To *get* the party *going* means to make it more exciting.  To *get* the meeting *going* means to start accomplishing things and being productive.  To *get* the car *going* means to get it to start so that one get move down the road.

  • (to) Get Rid Of (something) – Though most phrasal verbs do not have a logical meaning, this one actually does.  To “Get” something, means to obtain it.  “Rid” is a verb which means: to be free of something.  So to *Get Rid Of Something* simply means to obtain the freedom from whatever “of” is referring to…  It is often used as a expression meaning:  dispose of something, throw something away, or (when speaking of a person or some intangible thing – thoughts, feelings, etc.) it means to free oneself from that person or thing, so that it is longer a burden in one’s life.

  • (to) Get The Word Out – This is a phrasal verb used to mean:  To spread information around through various means.  When there is a political campaign, the candidates *get the word out* through email, phone & text campaigns, Twitter, Facebook and other websites, and through Television and Radio as well.  That is *getting the word out*.

  • (to) Get Yer Kicks – (the word “you’re” is purposely mis-spelled because when a phrase like this is written, it is usually done so with the common phonetic spelling as such) This is a phrasal verb which just means to have fun and is used to describe the way that a person usually likes to have fun…  “I *get my kicks* by watching arrogant and ignorant people make fools of themselves.”

  • (to) Give (something) A Go – This is a phrasal verb which means to “try” something.  It is usually used enthusiastically, either as a statement of the person trying whatever it is he or she will try, or as encouragement from another, to get the potential “try-er” to be enthusiastic about something they may not be sure of…  “Well I’ve never jumped out of an airplane, but I’ve always thought it would be exciting so I guess I’ll *give it a go*!”  –  “It looks scary from up here but I assure you, the bungee chord is very strong and once you jump, your fear will turn into excitement.  Just *give it a go*…  I promise you’ll love it!”

  • (to) Give (One’s) Right Arm (for something) – This is an Idiomatic Verb-Phrase which is used to imply that one would do almost anything, or at least give a great deal (“one’s right arm”) to have some thing or experience.  The phrase comes from the fact that most people are “right-handed” and to “give one’s right arm” for anything would be an incredibly high price to pay for something, as most people would have a great deal of difficulty without their right arm.

  • (one must) Give A Little To Get A Little – This is a phrase which describes an intrinsic level of negotiations and is a great definition for the word “compromise”.  In order to get something that you want (from another) you must also give something in return.

  • (to) Give The Impression – This is a phrasal verb that is used to say that someone or something either appears or acts in a way that is supposed to make people think a certain way about it or them.  Everybody in a certain car commercial is really happy and the world looks like a clean and beautiful place.  this *gives the impression* that the world will seem beautiful and you will be very happy if you buy that car.  –  When someone’s words to you are polite, but the way that they say it, and the look on their face *gives the impression* that they really don’t like you.

  • (to) Go Public – This Idiomatic Phrasal-Verb is an Industry Term which is used to describe when a company becomes a publicly traded corporation where-in the stocks of the company are offered to the “Public” to purchase.

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