Get Your Goat

This idiom, which originated in America, is one of the few animal idioms with the word goat and the only one that seems to be somewhat common in spoken English. Its origin is somewhat of a mystery although one theory has it that the source is to do with horse racing. Meaning of Idiom ‘Get … Read more

Get One’s Second Wind

Also: Get a second wind Meaning Of Idiom ‘Get One’s Second Wind’ 1. In regards to physical exercise, especially running, a second wind refers to a return to regular breathing and renewed endurance after being out of breath and exhausted. 2. Restored or increased energy and strength after feeling tired, weak, allowing one to continue … Read more

Get Your Act Together

Also: Get your shit together Get it together Get it all together Meaning of Idiom ‘Get Your (or one’s) Act Together’ To get your act together means to start behaving in a more focused and effective way; to get organized. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary … Read more

Get a Word in Edgewise

Also: Get a word in edgeways Meaning of Idiom ‘Get a Word in Edgewise’ To get a word in edgewise means to find an opportunity to contribute to conversation despite another person or group of people speaking continually without pause. 1Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of … Read more

Get Away with Murder

Meaning of Idiom ‘Get Away With Murder’ 1. Literally, to get away with murder means to commit murder and not get punished. 2. To do something very bad or make a serious mistake and not get punished, disciplined, or face consequences; to do whatever one wishes. 1Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,2Spears, Richard … Read more

Get Along

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Get Along’ 1. To get along, in regards to people (or animals) means to be on amicable terms, to be able to interact harmoniously and without ongoing conflict. A synonym for get along well. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary]. … Read more

Get In On the Ground Floor

Also: Let someone in on the ground floor Meaning of Idiom ‘Get in on the Ground Floor’ To get in on the ground floor is to become involved in something, often a business or enterprise from the very beginning or early stages of its development. To let someone in on the ground floor is to … Read more

Last Word, the

Also: ‘Have the last word’ ‘Get the last word’ ‘Be the last word’ ‘Be/Say One’s Last word (about something) Meaning of Idiom ‘the Last Word’ The last word is used in two idioms which can have several meanings. “To have the last word” means to have the right or to take the right to have the … Read more

Get Wind Of Something

Also: Catch wind of something Meaning of Idiom ‘Get Wind of (Something)’ To get wind of something means to learn about it or hear about it, usually through rumors or unofficial sources. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real … Read more

Get Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed, to

To get up on the wrong side of the bed is a very old saying, but it wasn’t always used figuratively. It’s been around since at least Roman times. 1Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: & C Black, 2009. Meaning of Idiom ‘Get Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed’ To get up on … Read more