Meaning of “get at something ” in the English Dictionary

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get at something

phrasal verb with get us /ɡet/ verb present participle getting, past participle gotten /ˈɡɑt·ən/ got /ɡɑt/

(SUGGEST)

to suggest or express something in a way that is not direct or clear:

You mean I shouldn’t come tonight – is that what you’re getting at?

get at something

phrasal verb with get us /ɡet/ verb present participle getting, past participle gotten /ˈɡɑt·ən/ got /ɡɑt/

(REACH)

to reach something:

I keep cleaning supplies on a high shelf where my three-year-old can’t get at them.

(Definition of “get at something ” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)