Green’s Dictionary of Slang

get v.

also git

1. in senses of movement.

(a) [mid-18C+] to start, to commence, with an implication of urgency, e.g. ‘get moving’, ‘get walking’ etc.

(b) [mid-19C+] (orig. US) to go away; esp. as get! excl.

2. in senses meaning to attack, lit. or fig., physically or verbally.

(a) [mid-19C+] to trick, to cheat, to victimize.

(b) [late 19C] to surpass.

(c) [late 19C+] to succeed in killing for retribution, to ‘do for’.

(d) [late 19C+] to get even with, to take vengeance on, e.g. I’ll get you, just you wait and see.

(e) [late 19C+] to have sexual intercourse.

(f) [20C+] (also get a body) to kill, to wound.

(g) [20C+] to corner someone, to get hold of, to track down.

(h) [1920s+] to attack, to hit.

(i) [1990s+] to tease, to make someone look foolish.

3. [late 19C] to eat a meal.

4. [1910s–30s] to be punished, to get one’s deserts [abbr. SE get one’s deserts].

5. [1910s+] (also get on to) to notice, to look at; usu. as derog. imper., e.g. get her!

6. [1950s] (US) to perceive.

7. [1990s+] (US black) to meet, to make contact with.

In exclamations

get her! (also get him!) [orig. camp gay, ‘her’ being someone acting exceptionally affectedly, but now general use]

[1950s+] an excl. of derision, mockery (both affectionate and otherwise).

get this! (also get that!)

[20C+] now listen! take note! this is amazing!

get you!

[1940s+] a teasing, mocking phr., used to deflate someone who is seen as showing off, overdressing etc; thus get me!, teasing oneself; the tone is usu. stereotypically effeminate/homosexual.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

getabit (n.)

[1900s–20s] a thief.

get-’em-up (adj.) (also git-’em-up) [i.e. his demand get your hands up!]

[1930s] describing armed robbers, pertaining to hold-up with a gun.

get-high (n.) [see under high adj.1 ]

1. [1980s+] (US black, also git-high) any form of drug.

2. (US drugs) a drug user’s equipment.

get-out (n.) [worn when one ‘gets out’ of the house]

[1940s–50s] (US black/N.Z.) an outfit, a suit of clothes.

In phrases

get... (v.)

1. see also separate entries.

2. see also under relevant n. or adj.

get across (v.) [1910s+]

1. to irritate, to annoy.

2. (US black) to succeed.

3. to seduce.

4. to acquire status.

get among(st) it (v.) [1910s+] (Aus.)

1. to make a large amount of money.

2. to seduce a woman.

get ’em (v.) (also get them, have them) [them are the shakes, the n. (1)] [20C+]

1. to suffer delirium tremens.

2. to be mad.

3. to be frightened.

get me? [SE colloq. get, to understand]

[2000s] (orig. black) a phr. meaning you understand? often used as an all-purpose phr. to punctuate sentences.

get me, Steve? (also got me Steve?)

[1910s] (Aus.) are you with me? do you understand?

get money at the best (v.)

see under best v.

get one (v.) [‘one’ is a fit]

[1910s] to lose emotional control.

get one at it (v.)

see under it n.1

get one over (on) (v.)

see under one n.1

get one’s (v.) (also have one’s)

1. [late 19C+] (orig. US) to suffer in some way.

2. [20C+] (orig. US) to be killed, to die, usu. by accident or through violence.

3. [20C+] (orig. US black) to get one’s share, usu. of material pleasures, to get what one deserves; usu. as get mine.

4. [1960s] (US) to get sexual satisfaction.

get one’s — on (v.)

[1990s+] (US) used with a n. to describe an activity.

get out on (v.)

[1930s] to get away with.

get someone at it (v.)

see under it n.1

get through (v.)

[1970s+] (drugs) to obtain drugs.

getting any (lately)? (also get any?) [any n.]

[1940s+] (orig. Aus.) a popular greeting between men.

getting much? (also get much?) [the ‘much’ is sex]

[1920s+] (US) a male-to-male greeting.

In exclamations

get out of here! (also get out of this!)

[1910s+] (orig. US black) a general excl. of disbelief, dismissal, I don’t believe you! you must be joking! don’t be silly! who do you think you’re fooling?