1. phrasal verb If you get through a task or an amount of work, especially when it is difficult, you complete it. [V P n] ⇒ I think you can get through the first two chapters. 2. phrasal verb If you get through a difficult or unpleasant period of time, you manage to live through it. [V P n] ⇒ It is hard to see how people will get through the winter. [V P n] ⇒ We couldn't get through a day without arguing. 3. phrasal verb
If you get through a large amount of something, you use it. [mainly British] [V P n] ⇒ We've got through a lot of tyres. [V P n] ⇒ You'll get through at least ten nappies a day.
4. phrasal verb If you get through to someone, you succeed in making them understand something that you are trying to tell them. [V P + to] ⇒ An old friend might well be able to get through to her and help her. [V P + to] ⇒ The message was finally getting through to him. [Also V P] 5. phrasal verb
If you get through to someone, you succeed in contacting them on the telephone. [V P + to] ⇒ Look, I can't get through to this number. [V P] ⇒ I've been trying to ring up all day and I couldn't get through.
6. phrasal verb
If you get through an examination or get through, you pass it. [mainly British] [V P n] ⇒ Did you have to get through an entrance examination? [Also V P]
7. phrasal verb → get If a law or proposal gets through, it is officially approved by something such as a parliament or committee. [V P] ⇒ ...if his referendum law failed to get through. [V P n] ⇒ Such a radical proposal would never get through parliament.
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