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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.


Synonymsaccess


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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