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English definition of “get at sth”

get at sth

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

(REACH)

B2 to reach or obtain something, especially something that is difficult to get: I've put the cake on a high shelf where he can't get at it.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things

(SUGGEST)

C1 informal When someone is getting at something, they mean it or are trying to express it: I'm not sure what you're getting at - don't you think I should come tonight? What do you think the poet is getting at in these lines?Suggestions and proposals
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