Get the goods on



Also, have the goods on. Acquire or possess confidential information about someone, especially of a damaging or incriminating kind. For example, “Trouble is, they’ve got the goods on me” (Owen Johnson, The Lawrenceville Stories, 1909). [ ; 1870s ]
Also see: get on one

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  • Get the goods on someone

    verb phrase To find or collect decisive evidence against: ”Why did you ask me to hire a private detective?” …” To get the goods on him” (1913+)

  • Get the hang of

    Learn the proper way of doing, using or handling something; acquire the knack of something. For example, I finally got the hang of this computer program. [ ; mid-1800s ]



  • Get the hungries

    verb phrase To become hungry: I get the hungries for some breakfast (1980s+)

  • Get theirs

    see: get one’s



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