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get going: leave.

"Look at the time! I'd better get going!"

get it: understand something (often negative).

"I don't get it. What do you mean?"

get a kick out of something: find something amusing.

"I really get a kick out of listening to children talk. They say some very funny things."

get lost!: go away

"I wish he'd get lost and stop bothering me. I don't want to talk to him!"

get on one's nerves: irritate someone; make someone upset.

"I know you like that song, but it's getting on my nerves. Can you play something else?"

get a move on: hurry

"If you don't want to be late, you'd better get a move on."

get one's wires crossed: be confused or mistaken about something.

A: "Bill said there was a meeting this morning. Don't we have one?"
B: "No. The meeting's tomorrow. I guess Bill got his wires crossed."

get out of hand: become out of control; become badly managed.

"Your absences are getting out of hand, Bob. You'd better do something quickly to improve the situation if you want to keep your job."

Get real!: Be realistic! / Don't be naive.

A: "I'm going to Las Vegas. I know I'll win a lot of money!"
B: "Get real! You'll probably lose a lot of money!"

get up and go: energy.

"I'm really tired. I don't have any get up and go."

give someone a hand (1): help someone.

"I can't do this alone. Can you give me a hand?"

give someone a hand (2): applaud (to show respect or appreciation for someone/something).

"Dave's done a wonderful job with The ESL Café on the Web.
Let's give him a hand!"

a (real) go-getter: a (very) ambitious, hard-working person.

"I'm not surprised that Jean finished before anyone else. She's a real go-getter."

go with the flow: take things as they come.

"There's no need to worry. Everything will be OK if you just go with the flow."

grab a bite: get something to eat.

"I'm really hungry. Would you like to grab a bite with me?"

green: inexperienced.

"I don't think you can depend on Jack to do that job by himself. He's too green."



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