Get someone off



verb phrase

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  • Get someone off the hook

    verb phrase To aid someone in evading or preventing punishment, responsibility, etc: He falls for Ilona and winds up trying to get her off the hook (1864+)

  • Get someone over a barrel

    verb phrase To have someone in a helpless position: Okay, you got me over a barrel/ It may look like you got me over a barrel now (1930s+)



  • Get someone up

    verb phrase To inspire and energize someone, esp for a game, examination, or other ordeal; PSYCH someone UP: Steinbrenner thinks he can get the players up for games [1940s+; up in a similar sense, ”excited, vivacious,” is found by 1815]

  • Get someone where the hair is short

    verb phrase To have complete control over a person; have a painful advantage: We’ve got them where the hair is short, and they can’t squirm out ( first form 1872+, second 1888+)



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