Reading set "Idioms with 'get a' to learn" (Number of items 13)

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get a black eye

get a black eye  {v. phr.}
1. To receive a dark ring around the eye after being hit by someone's fist or an object.
In the fistfight Tom got a black eye from Pete.
Sue got a black eye when she ran into a tree.
2. To have one's character denigrated.
Our firm received a black eye because of all the consumer complaints that were lodged against our product.

get a break

get a break  {v. phr.}
To receive a stroke of luck.
Bill got a break when he won the lottery.

get a fix

get a fix or give a fix  {v. phr.},  {slang},  {drug culture}
To provide (someone) with an injection of narcotics.
The neighborhood pusher gave Joe a fix.
Contrast: GET A FIX ON.
Categories:drugs slang verb

get a fix on

get a fix on  {v. phr.},  {informal}
Receive a reading of a distant object by electronic means, as by radar or sonar.
Can you get a fix on the submarine?
Contrast: GET A FIX.
Categories:informal verb

get a grip on

get a grip on  {v. phr.}
To take firm control of something.
If Tim wants to keep his job, he had better get a grip on himself and start working harder.
Contrast: LOSE ONE'S GRIP.

get a head start on

To receive preliminary help or instruction in a particular subject so that the recipient is in a favorable position compared to his or her peers.
At our school, children get a head start on their reading ability thanks to a special program.

get a kick out of

get a kick out of  {v. phr.}
To be greatly thrilled; derive pleasure from.
Tom and Many get a kick out of playing four hands on the piano.
Categories:pleasure verb

get a line on

get a line on  {v. phr.}
To receive special, sometimes even confidential information about something.
Before Bill accepted his new position, he got a line on how the business was being run.
Categories:business verb

get a load of

get a load of  {v. phr.},  {slang}
1. To take a good look at; see (something unusual or interesting.) — Often used to show surprise or admiration.
Get a load of that pretty girl!
Get a load of Dick's new car!
Compare: LOOK OVER.
2. To listen to carefully or with interest, especially exciting news. — Often used as a command:
Get a load of this: Alice got married yesterday!
Categories:slang verb

get a move on

get a move on  {informal} or  {slang} get a wiggle on  {v. phr.}
To hurry up; get going. — Often used as a command.
Get a move on, or you will be late.
Categories:informal slang verb

get a raise

get a raise  {v. phr.}
To receive an increment in salary.
Because of his good work, Ted got a raise after May 1.

get a rise out of

get a rise out of  {v. phr.},  {slang}
1. To have some fun with (a person) by making (him) angry; tease.
The boys get a rise out of Joe by teasing him about his girl friend.
2.  {vulgar},  {avoidable}
To be sexually aroused (said of males)
Jim always gets a rise out of watching adult movies.

get a word in

To find a chance to say something when others are talking.
The little boy listened to the older students and finally got in a word.
Mary talked so much that Jack couldn't get a word in edgewise.