Meaning of “get at sb” in the English Dictionary

"get at sb" in British English

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get at sb

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


to criticize a person repeatedly:

He keeps getting at me and I really don't know what I've done wrong.


to influence a person illegally, usually by offering them money or threatening them:

The accused claimed that the witness had been got at.

(Definition of “get at sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)