get at sth Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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get at sth

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


C1 informal When someone is getting at something, they ​mean it or are ​trying to ​express it: I'm not ​sure what you're getting at - don't you ​think I should come ​tonight? What do you ​think the ​poet is getting at in these ​lines?
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