To get or have a precarious grip on something; get or have an uncertain command: You’ve got a good toehold on the job; now let’s see you take over
[1940s+; fr the sort of unsure footing one has when only the toes are planted and the precarious seizure one has made when only the toe of the quarry is in one’s grip]
- Get at someone
verb phrase To influence someone illicitly: They found there was no way to get at the judge (1865+)
[get-uh-wey] /ˈgɛt əˌweɪ/ noun 1. a getting away or fleeing; an escape. 2. the start of a race: a fast getaway. 3. a place where one escapes for relaxation, vacation, etc., or a period of time for such recreation: a little seaside getaway; a two-week getaway in the Bahamas. adjective 4. used as a means […]
- Get away with something
- Get back at
Take revenge on, as in Watch out for Peter; he’s sure to get back at you. Similarly, get one’s own back means simply “get revenge,” as in She finally saw a chance to get her own back. The first expression dates from the late 1800s, the second from the early 1900s.