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get at sth

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

(REACH)

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.

(SUGGEST)

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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