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English definition of “get at sb”

get at sb

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with get   /ɡet/ (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US gotten) us  

(CRITICIZE)

UK (US usually get on sb) to criticize a person repeatedly: He keeps getting at me and I really don't know what I've done wrong.Chastising and rebuking

(INFLUENCE)

to influence a person illegally, usually by offering them money or threatening them: The accused claimed that the witness had been got at.Fraud and corruption
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