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.
- Get back to
see: get back , def. 1.