get down

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

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see get,‎ down.
  2. (transitive or intransitive) To bring or come down; to descend; to cause to bring or come down.
    The kitten climbed the tree, but then couldn't get down again.
    Don't worry, I got the kitten down.
  3. (transitive) To concentrate; attend.
    To get down to the matter at hand.
  4. (transitive) To depress; discourage; fatigue.
    Nothing gets me down so much as a rainy day.
  5. (transitive) To swallow (something).
    The pill was so large that he couldn't get it down.
  6. To relax and enjoy oneself completely; be uninhibited in one's enjoyment.
    Getting down with a bunch of old friends.
    • 2011, “Friday”, performed by Rebecca Black ft. Patrice Wilson:
      It's Friday, Friday / Gotta get down on Friday / Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend, weekend
  7. (informal, intransitive) To duck or take cover, usually to avoid harm. Commonly used as a caution or warning in the imperative.
    With bullets flying, all I could do was get down and pray.
  8. (informal, intransitive) To dance, particularly without inhibition or restraint, or in a sexually suggestive manner.
    Synonym: boogie down
  9. (informal, intransitive) To party.
  10. (informal, intransitive) To have sex.
    • 1971, Gil Scott-Heron (lyrics and music), “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”:
      And women will not care if Dick finally got down with Jane on Search for Tomorrow
    • 1975, “Get Down Tonight”, performed by KC and the Sunshine Band:
      Oh, do a little dance / Make a little love / Get down tonight, get down tonight
  11. (intransitive, Britain, informal, of a child) To leave the table after dining.
    Mummy, can I get down please?
  12. (transitive) To record in writing.
    Synonym: take down
    Quick, here's a pen, get this down will you, before I forget.
  13. (transitive) To criticise
    Ann is always getting down on these students

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