get back

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get back (third-person singular simple present gets back, present participle getting back, simple past got back, past participle (UK) got back or (US) gotten back)

  1. (intransitive) Return to where one came from.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 6, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      He had one hand on the bounce bottle—and he'd never let go of that since he got back to the table—but he had a handkerchief in the other and was swabbing his deadlights with it.
    When I get back from holiday, I expect the house to be tidy.
  2. (transitive) To retrieve, to have an item returned.
    I lent her my guitar over the Christmas holidays, and will get it back when the term starts.
  3. (transitive) To do something to hurt or harm someone who has hurt or harmed one; to take revenge.
    I'll get you back for this!

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