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English verb: get at

1. get at (motion) reach or gain access to

SamplesHow does one access the attic in this house?.
I cannot get to the T.V. antenna, even if I climb on the roof.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arrive at, attain, gain, hit, make, reach

2. get at (social) influence by corruption

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)act upon, influence, work

3. get at (emotion) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

SamplesMosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me.
It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves.

Synonymsannoy, bother, chafe, devil, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)displease

Narrower (hyponym)antagonise, antagonize, beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, eat into, fret, fret, get, get under one's skin, grate, harass, harry, hassle, molest, peeve, plague, provoke, rankle, ruffle

Verb groupchafe

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