Definition of “get at sth” - English Dictionary

“get at sth” in British English

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get at sth

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


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