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English definition of “get on to/onto sth”

get on to/onto sth

(SUBJECT) phrasal verb with get     /ɡet/ verb (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US gotten)
to start talking about a different subject: How did we get on to (the subject of) your grandmother's cat?Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
(Definition of get on to/onto sth (SUBJECT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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