She has been gaining ground in her studies, her grades are now better than last semester.
gang up on someone
The school children tried to gang up on the boy but he ran away.
I will have to gas up tomorrow because my gas tank is almost on empty.
Gee whiz! Are we really going to go to go to Disneyland for our holiday?
get a break
I got a break when he sold the car for less than it was worth.
I had a hard time trying to get across to him the importance of taking care of his computer discs.
get a fix on something
We were able to get a fix on the island and got the boat safely to the harbor.
get a grip of oneself
He finally got a grip of himself and calmed down.
get after someone
I`ll get after him to fix the computer as soon as he returns.get ahead
She really works hard at her job in order to get ahead.
get a kick out of
I think that my father got a kick out of seeing his old school friend.
get a load of
Get a load of that man over there with the four big dogs.
He is able to get along on very little money.
It`s late so I must be getting along now.
get along with someone
I don`t get along very well with the new woman I work with.
get a move on
Please get a move on. We are already over three hours late.
get a rise out of someone
We really got a rise out of the teacher when we left the windows open while it was raining.
He really gets around. He has been to almost every state in the United States.
get around to
The apartment manager finally got around to fixing the bath.
I really don`t know what he was trying to get at during the meeting.
I was able to get away early from work today so I went shopping for awhile.
get away from it all
We want to get away from it all this summer and go and relax somewhere.
get away with murder
The child was able to get away with murder while the substitute teacher was at the school.
get away with something
The criminal got away with the robbery and was never caught.
get a wiggle on
Get a wiggle on. We have to arrive at the party before the other guests arrive.
get a word in
The customer couldn`t get a word in while talking to the salesman so he decided to go to another company.
get a word in edgewise
I couldn`t get a word in edgewise so I left the meeting.
We got back from London early yesterday afternoon.
get back at
She is very angry at her boyfriend and is getting back at him by not answering the telephone.
If you get behind in the homework you will never be able to pass the course.
get behind (a person or idea)
They decided to get behind the main candidate when he promised to cut taxes.
He is able to easily get by on his salary because he doesn`t spend a lot of money.
get cold feet
He got cold feet and cancelled his plan to go to China.
We will have to get cracking on this work if we want to finish it before dinner.
get (someone) down
The long commuting time has begun to get her down so she wants to quit her job.
get down to
Let`s get down to work so we can go home early.
get down to brass tacks
Let`s get down to brass tacks and begin to deal with the business at hand.
He seems to want to get even with him for their past problems.
Right from the get-go I never liked the way that the new manager acted.
get (someone`s) goat
He has been getting my goat recently and I am tired of him.
Once he gets going he will never stop complaining.
get hold of (something)
When you get hold of a dictionary could you please let me see it for a few minutes.
get hold of (someone)
I tried to get hold of him last week but he was out of town.
get in on the ground floor
He managed to get in on the ground floor of the new company.
get in touch with someone
I`ll get in touch with him when I arrive in New York in August.
get in the swing of things
He got into the swing of things after the party started.
get it all together
He finally got it all together and applied for the job at the supermarket.
get it through one`s head
He has got it through his head that he will get a job easily without really making an effort.
She told her younger brother to get lost so she could finish her homework.
get mixed up
I`m sorry but I got mixed up with the dates. That`s why I came today.
We decided to get off the train at the station next to our regular station.
get off easy
The criminals got off easy even though they robbed the bank.
get off one`s back
I wish that the supervisor would get off my back.
get off one`s butt
He should get off his butt and try and get a job so he will have some money.
get off on the wrong foot
I got off on the wrong foot with him and our relationship never really recovered.
get off the ground
His new business never really got off the ground so he must look for another job.
get one`s dander up
You shouldn`t talk to him early in the morning or you will get his dander up.
get one`s feet wet
He has managed to get his feet wet in the publishing business and is ready to start his own business now.
get one`s own way
He always gets his own way with his younger brothers.
get one`s rear in gear
Let`s hurry up and get our rear in gear before it is too late to go to a movie.
get on in years
He is getting on in years and is not very healthy.
get on one`s high horse
He is back on his high horse and has started giving orders to everyone.
get on one`s nerves
His constant complaining is beginning to get on my nerves.
get out of bed on the wrong side
I think that she got out of bed on the wrong side this morning as she hasn`t said a word to anyone yet.
get out from under
I would like to get out from under my boss always watching my work.
get out of hand
The going away party was beginning to get out of hand so they asked everyone to leave.
get out of the way
He was unable to get out of the way of the truck and was injured.
get over something
She has been having a lot of trouble getting over her father`s death.
get (something) over with
He wants to get his exams over with so that he can begin to relax again.
First I must get ready for work, then I will help you.
get rid of something
I bought a new television set so I had to get rid of the old one.
We are working hard to get set for her wedding ceremony.
get the ax
He got the ax last week and now has no job.
get the ball rolling
Let`s get the ball rolling and start working.
get the better of (someone)
He got the better of me and won the tennis match.
get the feel of
After you get the feel of the new computer it will be very easy to use.
get the goods on someone
I think that I have finally got the goods on him and will have to talk to the police as soon as possible.
get the message
I told him three times but I don`t think that he really gets the message.
get the sack
I told him that if he doesn`t change his work habits he will get the sack from his job.
get the show on the road
Let`s get the show on the road and begin work for the day.
get the worst of
He got the worst of the deal when the salesman sold him the used car.
She has been having trouble gettting through her final exams.
get through to
I tried talking to her but I couldn`t really get through to her.
I didn`t get to see her last year but maybe I will have a chance this year.
get to first base
I tried to meet the sales manager of the company but I couldn`t get to first base.
get to the bottom of
The government is trying to get to the bottom of the financial problems in the company.
get to the heart of
We were in the meeting for three hours trying to get to the heart of the matter.
get under one`s skin
She always gets under my skin although I don`t really know why I don`t like her.
I decided to get up early today so that I would be able to go fishing with my friend.
What was that strange getup that she was wearing the other day?
He has lots of get-up-and-go and it is difficult to follow him around.
get up on the wrong side of the bed
He got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and won`t talk to anyone.
get up the nerve
I tried to get up the nerve to ask him about the new job.
get what`s coming to one
He got what was coming to him when he was sent to jail for two years.
get wind of
I got wind of the company expansion from my friend.
get wise to something/somebody
He finally got wise to the fact that they were stealing his money.
get with it
I told him to get with it or he would get in trouble with the boss.
(not a) ghost of a chance
He doesn`t have a ghost of a chance to finish the book in time for his class.
gift of the gab
He has a real gift of the gab and is great at parties.
give (someone) a hard time
She was giving her boyfriend a hard time about his new haircut.
You must be willing to give-and-take if you want to have a good marriage.
His speech was a giveaway. Now I know that he is planning to retire.
I decided to give away my bicycle because I didn`t need it anymore.
I tried to stop her before she gave away my plans to go to Mexico for a holiday.
give a wide birth to
I usually give a wide birth to my boss when he is angry.
The police gave chase to the man who robbed the store.
give free rein to
He was given free rein in his new job to do what he wanted.
He refused to give ground on his plans to change the system of office management.
The company gave in to the union`s demand for more money.
give it to
He really gave it to his son when he came back late with the car.
The garbage was beginning to give off a bad smell because of the hot weather.
give oneself away
She gave herself away when she said that she hadn`t seen her boyfriend but he had already said that he had met her earlier.
give oneself up
The robbers gave themselves up when the police surrounded the house.
give oneself up to
He gave himself up to enjoy the party although he was feeling sick.
give one`s right arm
I would give my right arm to be able to go to Italy with the rest of the group.
give or take
I think that he is about 45 years old give or take 5 years.
We gave out more than 600 free baseball caps at the shopping center.
We went hiking last week but my legs gave out so we had to return early.
We went on a week-long backpacking trip but our food gave out after only three days.
She gave out a loud yell when she saw the big spider.
give pause to
His problems should give you pause to think a little more carefully about what you do.
give rise to
The problems with the heating system gave rise to a lot of other problems that we had to solve.
give someone a hand
Please give me a hand to move this piano.
give someone an inch and they will take a mile
If you give him an inch he will take a mile so you shouldn`t give him any more money.
give someone a piece of your mind
When I met her yesterday I really gave her a piece of my mind.
give someone enough rope and they will hang themself
Don`t worry about trying to control him. If you give him enough rope he will hang himself.
give someone one`s word
He gave me his word that he would meet me at the library.
give someone the ax
He gave the new employee the ax because he was always late.
give someone the benefit of the doubt
I gave him the benefit of the doubt but I still think that he is a liar.
give someone the cold shoulder
He gave her the cold shoulder at the party.
give someone the eye
The man in the store began to give me the eye so I left.
give someone the green light
He has been given the green light to begin work on the new housing plan.
give someone their due
You have to give him his due. He has successfully saved the company from bankruptcy.
give someone the slip
The bank robbers were able to give the police the slip at first but they were soon caught.
give the devil his due
I don`t like to work with him at all as I think he is lazy. Still you have to give the devil his due because he always gets the job done.
give it your best shot
Although he didn`t have enough experience he decided to apply for the job and give it his best shot.
give to understand
I was given to understand that I could rent an apartment very easily here.
He has decided to give up his plan to work in Hong Kong for a year.
give up the ghost
My old car finally gave up the ghost so I must buy another one.
(don`t) give up the ship
Please don`t give up the ship and quit this company. I am sure you still have a useful role to play.
give voice to
He has begun to give voice to his feelings about the new office building.
The dam gave way and the water flooded the farmland below.
The politician spent the morning glad handing the people at the shopping center.
The accountant tried to gloss over the money that they lost last year.
He has been going about his business all morning although he is feeling sick.
The police decided to go after the people who were speeding near the school.
Let`s go ahead and start now. We can`t wait for him any longer.
He invented the story as he went along.
They went along with his idea about having a party on the weekend.
He went ape when he heard about the money that I had spent.
We decided to go around from one shop to another until we found a good present.
go around in circles
He has been going around in circles for weeks now and still hasn`t made any progress with his essay.
When I entered the room they were going at it loudly.
go at it hammer and tongs
They were going at it hammer and tongs when the police came to their house.
go back on
He promised not to go back on his word about the discount tickets.
His company went broke so he quickly lost his job.
We always go Dutch when we go on a date.
I have decided to go for the new job at the computer center.
go for broke
They are going for broke trying to win the new contract.
go from bad to worse
Things are going from bad to worse in the company.
He is a go-getter. He always works hard and has lots of money because of that.
go great guns
The workers were going great guns fixing the building when I saw them this morning.
We have decided to go halves on buying a new computer.
At first everything was going well but later all the plans began to go haywire.
go in for
He is going to university and has decided to go in for medicine.
going for (someone)
She should do very well as she has many good things going for her.
go into orbit
He went into orbit when he heard about the missing money.
go jump in a lake
She asked me to borrow some money but I told her to go jump in a lake because she never paid me back before.
The heat wave was a golden opportunity for the ice cream seller to make money.
You can usually get a good deal on stereos at that discount store.
Good grief! It`s 6:00 and I have not finished this job yet.
Good riddance he said when the computer broke down and he had to buy another one.
good riddance to bad rubbish
Good riddance to bad rubbish! I never liked him and I am glad that he has finally left.
He is a very good sport and never complains about losing.
He went off on a trip and he never even bothered to phone and say good-bye.
The firecracker went off in his hand before he had a chance to put it down.
The fire alarm started to go off just as we entered the building.
go off half-cocked
He always goes off half-cocked when he is at a meeting.
go off the deep end
He went off the deep end when he saw the picture in the paper.
He has been goofing off all afternoon and has not got any work done.
The game went on for about an hour after I left.
He started to go on about his problems so I finally left.
The top of the jar wouldn`t go on so I threw it away.
go (someone) one better
I decided to go him one better and buy a bigger present for my girlfriend.
go one`s own way
He has decided to go his own way and will start his own business next year.
go out of one`s way
She went out of her way to help me when I visited her in October.
go out the window
The school dress code went out the window when the new principal took over.
go out with (someone)
She went out with him for two years before they got married.
The accountant will come to go over the books tomorrow.
go over well
I am sure that the party will go over well. You have done a lot of preparation for it.
He really went overboard with the birthday party.
My sister has been going steady with the same person for two years.
He was in prison for awhile but has recently decided to go straight.
got a thing going
He has a thing going with computer repairs and is making a lot of extra money.
go the whole hog
They really went the whole hog in their efforts to welcome the foreign visitors.
The police went through his house to look for a gun.
He has been through many hard times since he lost his job.
The law finally went through Congress last week.
go through changes
She has been going through many changes since her divorce.
go through with
He has decided to go through with his plans to go back to school.
go to one`s head
He new position has really gone to his head and he won`t speak to us any longer.
go to pieces
She went to pieces when she received the letter about her father`s death.
go to pot
The business has really gone to pot since he became president.
go to rack and ruin
The building has gone to rack and ruin since the new owners took over.
go to town
They really went to town last night and finished painting the bedroom.
go up in smoke/flames
His plans to open a new restaurant have gone up in smoke since he lost his job.
go without saying
He is a hard worker so it goes without saying that his boss is very happy with him.
grasp at straws
He is grasping at straws. He will never find enough money to pay next month`s rent.
grass is always greener on the other side
She is always moving or changing jobs as she thinks that the grass is always greener on the other side.
The cleaning contract was really a gravy train. We only worked for 3 hours but we got paid for 8 hours.
grease one`s palm
We had to grease the border guard`s palm in order to enter the country.
We had to go to a greasy spoon for breakfast as all the other restaurants were closed.
He is a little green and doesn`t know the job very well.
He has a real green thumb and has a beautiful garden.
green with envy
The little girl was green with envy when she saw her friend`s new bicycle.
grind to a halt
The city ground to a halt when the power went off for five hours.
The video store was a good investment so I was happy to get in on the ground floor.
The computer printer seemed to have become gummed up just as I was about to print my resume.
gun for someone
My supervisor has been gunning for me for a long time but I don`t really know why.
gun for something
He has been gunning for the new sales job for a long time.
She is really gung-ho about her new job at the library.
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