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Get down to brass tacks

see Brass tacks

Get hot under the collar

see Hot under the collar

Get in a froth

This expression derives from a figurative use of the word froth as in frothing at the mouth meaning to get agitated and angry, dates from the late 17t...

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Get in a tizz/tizzy

see Tizz/tizzy

Get into shape

In the sense of fitness or training for sports etc dates from the mid-19th century. See also Shape and Lick into shape.

Get it in the neck

Means to get into trouble or serious difficulty, dates in this figurative sense from the late 19th century and is of American origin. All the evidence...

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Get knotted

British slang instructing someone to go away or go to hell dates from c. 1930. It took over from the earlier and now largely defunct get joined, which...

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Get laid

US slang for to have sex, probably deriving from lying down to do so, dates from the 1930s.

Get lost

Originally an American English expression meaning to tell someone to go away, dates from the 1940s.

Get off on the right/wrong foot

To start a relationship either propitiously or adversely, American expressions that date from the early 20th century and which derive from the militar...

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Get off one’s high horse

see High horse

Get on like a house on fire

see Like a house on fire

Get on one’s bike

see On your bike

Get on someone’s wick

This expression dating from the 1930s is used innocently by all and sundry and means to annoy or irritate someone. What most people fail to realise is...

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Get one's fingers burned / burnt

At one time or another, we have all burnt our fingers either cooking, tending a fire, or striking matches. It is not a pleasant experience. Hence, whe...

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