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  • Today’s English Phrasal Verb: Get Out!

    Here’s one of the many English phrasal verbs whose meaning is nearly impossible to guess from the two words, or particles, that create it: get out.

    Get out of there!

    Normally  “get” means to obtain something (among many other possible meanings), and “out” means to be outside, as in not inside of a building, or to be out of something, as in lacking something. However when you combine these to make “get out,” you’ve got something completely new.

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    1. Get Out = To Leave This can be both a statement and a command. For instance:

    We got out of the building when we smelled smoke. = We left the building when we smelled smoke.

    Get out of there! = An order to leave the location immediately.

    Below is a video montage of people being told to get out of there from famous movies. Scroll past the video for more meanings.

    2. Get Out (+of) = Receive/Learn/Gain from something. For example:

    What do you get out of this? = What are you receiving, or what advantage do you get from this? This can have a negative connotation. If someone offers to help you, and you suspect they are doing it to benefit themselves, you would ask them this question.

    I got a lot out of that meeting. = I learned a lot, or benefited a lot, from that meeting. Notice that in this instance the verb is split.

    3. Get Out (+of) = To avoid something.

    How did Jim get out of the meeting? = How was Jim able to avoid attending the meeting?

    4. Get Out! = Expression of surprise. See video for example made famous by the American television show Seinfeld.