1. aware, in control, self-assured, au fait, sophisticated.
|Howard Street 78: The monotony of thinking about getting ‘together’ – getting a job and living like Franchot.|
|National Lampoon May 42/l: Just to show you how cool they are and everything they’ll lay a nickel of Michoacan or a couple of tabs of sunshine on you so you’ll know they’re together.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 127: There are a number of vernacular expressions that characterize the state of being and staying cool [...] to be together, to have it together.|
|Educating Rita II vii: It’s like Trish, y’ know me flatmate, I thought she was so cool and together.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 117: Everybody at Norfolk State looked so together.|
|Goodoo Goodoo 59: You’re a really together guy, Les.|
|Tuff 107: If shit was so righteous and together back in the day, how come you turned out so fucked-up?|
|Life 157: I was feeling so ragged [...] and these brothers were so together.|
2. of a place or situation, excellent, first-rate.
|Vulture (1996) 56: Cool Spade. The man has done it again. His program is so together.|
|Third Ear n.p.: together adv., adj. […] 6. descriptive of a person or event near perfection; e.g. We made this down set in Harlem. last week and it was together.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 2: When using hi baby in a greeting, it means everything is uptight, friendly, and you are together.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 5: They’re really a together band.|
4. prepared, organized.
|Ripping and Running 140: You get your bread together, you can score.|
|Jones Men 166: You money must be together for that kinda action.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 7: together – organized, with a sense of purpose, meaning.|
|Cherry 4: ‘It isn’t like I’m not going to have you together real soon’.|
1. to start a sexual relationship.
|Faggots 23: It’s not possible for two men to get it together.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Monica and I were having difficulties getting it all together on a one-to-one basis.‘Go West Young Man’|
2. to make a decision, to take action.
|Black Jargon in White America 65: get it together v. 1. to organize or prepare something.|
3. to pull oneself together, to stop vacillating etc.
|Beyond Valley of the Dolls [film script] I went back in the stacks to do some research in the rare book collection. And who do I run into but my score? Cool, man. That’s getting it together.|
|Current Sl. VI 5: Get it together, v. To resolve one’s identity.|
|Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 187: It was just a place to stay for a while till I got it all together again.|
|Trainspotting 291: Wir aw gaunnae be wiped oot if we dinnae git it thegether.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] After about half an hour or so, I get it together and manage to get up again.|
|Indep. Mag. 26 Feb. 15: Even when he was pissed he’d get it together for a gig.|
see under act n.
1. to dress oneself well.
|Old Wives for New 210: ‘Don’t she know how to get herself together?’ demanded he of Murdock. And Jesse certainly was looking well, with her black-and-white check traveling dress that brought out every good point of her full figure.|
2. to mend one’s ways; to pull oneself together.
|Howard Street 78: When you gon’ get youself together, Lonnie?|
|(con. 1950s) Whoreson 87: That way you can get yourself together, baby, ’cause I really dig you.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 175: Get yourself together, girl!|
|Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 17: Git yourself together.|
|From the Palace to the Prison 81: Get sober and get yourself together. Reach inside of you and become a better man or woman.|
3. to amass a sum of money.
|Scene (1996) 177: ’You told him you’d have the money?’ ‘I told him I’d have to get myself together.’.|
4. to sort out one’s emotions.
|Syndicate (1998) 43: I bet the rub-out guy was so surprised that he couldn’t get himself together.|
|Jumpers Act I: He’s only missing in action, shot down behind the thin yellow lines of advancing Rad-Libs and getting himself together to go BOO!|
see under eyes n.1
see under game n.
see under head n.
1. (US campus) to have sexual relations, with or without intercourse.
|To The Public Danger 60: cole: Well, Nancy — when do you and I get together? nan: How do you mean — get together? cole: Oh — just get together. nan: Well — not to-night, I’m afraid. We got too many mutual friends, ain’t we? cole: Yes. Let’s take ’em out and drop ’em.|
|Look Long Upon a Monkey 96: Very likely she was thinking about him, dreaming of him, wondering what it would be like if they got together.|
|Indep. on Sun. Real Life 11 July 2: When the lights go down and everyone’s meant to be asleep it’s far from unknown for couples to, erm, get together.|
2. (US black) to improve one’s appearance.
|Third Ear n.p.: get together v. [...] 3. to enhance one’s appearance; e.g. You’d better get that hair together!|
(US black) to survive.
|Way Past Cool 273: It for sure gonna make me look like a goddam fool if you go an pass out or somethin [...] Can you hang together another hour, man?|
1. to maintain a satisfactory lifestyle.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 136: You cain’t keep it together if you bread too short.|
2. to keep emotional control.
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 59: I have a problem myself keeping everything together.|
|Grits 45: Am tryin, tho, am rirly tryin tuh keep it tuhgether.|
(US black/campus) an expression of approval.
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 40: that’s together – Approval of something which is hip and which you really dig.|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 4: that’s together! – an expression of approval (mostly used by blacks).|