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Get the hump

This British expression meaning to get grumpy or sulky is from the late 19th /early 20th century and is thought to derive from the sort of feeling one...

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Get the nod

Be selected or chosen for something, originally an Americanism that is now popular all over the English-speaking world. The only first citation or dat...

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Get the pip

see Give someone the pip


Get the run-around

see Run-around


Get the sack

The usual explanation for the origin of this expression is that working people used to provide their own tools, which were carried in a bag or sack. W...

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Get the wind up/to be windy

Is to be afraid in a cowardly manner dates from the First World War. Eric Partridge maintains it derives from the WWI marching song The British Grenad...

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Get the wink

see Tip someone the wink


Get the wood on or over someone

see Have the wood on or over someone


Get the wrong end of the stick

see Wrong end of the stick


Get to first base

see Touch base


Get up a full head of steam

Go or arrive at maximum speed or power, derives, of course, from steam engines where 'head' refersto the piston being driven by the steam and...

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Get up on the wrong side of the bed

see Wrong side of the bed


Get weaving

British colloquialism to get going or hurry up dates from WWII and is armed services slang, especially RAF. See also get cracking.


Get wind of

To get wind of something is to learn of something by indirect means, through hint or suggestion. The OED cites this usage from the 15th century and su...

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Get-go

An Americanism dates from the 1960s, was primarily used by Black American speakers that means the start or beginning. It is derived from the phrase to...

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