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Get one's leg over

See Legover

Get one’s act together

Get organised, originally an American expression deriving from show business dates from the 1950s.

Get one’s arse/ass in gear

Get moving; originally, an American expression dates from the 1960s based on the allusion of putting a motor car in gear and moving off.

Get one’s back up

To get irritated or annoyed, from the allusion to a cat arching its back in a confrontational attitude, dates from the late 19th century.

Get one’s dander up

To get one’s dander up means to get angry or annoyed. The expression is American from the early 19th century. Dander, which the OED says is an alterna...

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Get one’s feet wet

A metaphor to get stuck into a new task or project in a direct, practical manner, from the allusion to a timid person crossing a stream or a river. Da...

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Get one’s goat

see Get someone’s goat

Get one’s hackles up

see Make one’s hackles rise

Get one’s rocks off

This is male-orientated American slang for sexual intercourse and/or orgasm from stones or rocks meaning testicles. The expression dates from the 1940...

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Get one’s skates on

Get a move on, hurry up, British informal dates from the 1920s. The skates concerned are roller skates.

Get one’s wires crossed

Is to have a misunderstanding or get confused and dates from the early 20th century. It derives from the early days of the US telephone system where c...

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Get out of Dodge

Get out of Dodge is an American colloquial expression meaning that it's time to get out of a dangerous or compromising situation. It dates from the 19...

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Get someone’s back

see Watch someone’s back

Get someone’s goat

To get someone’s goat is to make them annoyed or angry. The origin remains unknown but it is undisputedly American from the early 20th century. There...

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Get something off one’s chest

see Make a clean breast of something

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