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English definition of “get at sth”

get at sth

(REACH) phrasal verb with get     /ɡet/ verb (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US gotten)
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
(Definition of get at sth (REACH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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