GET OUT – phrasal verb – meanings and example

The English phrasal verb GET OUT has the following meanings:

1. Get out = to leave a place

(intransitive) When you leave a place that you are frequently in, or a place that is tiresome or mundane. This is often used when you are expressing frustration with a situation. Synonyms are depart or exit.

  • I need to get out of the house more.
  • Work is so boring; I need to get out of here.
  • Paul, get out of this classroom now!

2. Get out = to become known

(intransitive) When information is supposed to stay secret or quiet, but is passed around and shared anyway. Synonyms include divulge, announce, make public.

  • Unfortunately, my secret got out before I wanted it to.
  • I didn’t want to tell people about my engagement yet, but the news got out.
  • Once the news got out, it quickly spread around campus.

3. Get out = to escape a place

(intransitive) When someone or something leaves a place, sometimes by escaping when they were not supposed to leave. Synonyms are flee or run away.

  • The horse got out because I left the stable door open.
  • If your house catches on fire, you should get out as quickly as possible
  • The criminals got out of town before anyone knew they had escaped.

4. Get out = to remove something from a place

(transitive) When someone removes an item or someone from a place. Synonyms are remove or extract.
Note: The object goes in the middle between the two words.

  • It took them two hours to get the car out of the mud.
  • I got my old guitar out of the garage so that I could start playing again.
  • I splashed spaghetti sauce on my shirt and I can’t get the stains out.

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GET OUT - Meaning and examples of this English Phrasal Verb

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