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get out of sth

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

(AVOID)

B2 to avoid doing something that you do not want to do, especially by giving an excuse: I reckon her backache was just a way of getting out of the housework. [+ -ing verb] If I can get out of going to the meeting tonight I will.

(STOP)

to give up or stop a habit or a regular activity: I must get out of the habit of finishing off people's sentences for them. If you get out of a routine, it's very hard to get back into it.
(Definition of get out of sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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