to get down to

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - get down to

"to get down to"

to decide to begin to work on something


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - get down to

"to get down to"

to focus your attention on the essential element


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - get down to

"to get down to"

to describe a reduction of


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - get down to

"to get down to"

to move or travel to a destination (sometimes implying a southerly, downhill or direction where the house numbers are decreasing)


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - get down to

A couple are talking ...

Wife: The baby is coming in a couple of weeks and the crib is still not assembled.

Husband:  It's on my list.

Wife:  Well, you don't have a lot of time left.

Husband:  I'm planning to get down to assembling the crib this weekend.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - get down to

A business meeting is in progress ...

Leader:  We've talked about all the supporting structure and systems. Now it's time to focus on the essential part of the plan.

Participant:  And what is that?

Leader:  Look, it's pretty close to lunchtime so let's take a break and when we return we'll get down to talking about the core idea of our meeting.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - get down to

Two friends are out on a camping trip ...

Friend 1:  I guess we have to think about going home soon.

Friend 2:  Why is that?

Friend 1:  We only have one can of beans left to eat.

Friend 2:  I didn't realize we had gotten down to only one can of beans so, yes, we should head home.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - get down to

Two colleagues are at a conference ...

Friend 1:  Have you seen the display in the main foyer downstairs?

Friend 2:  No. Why? Is it good.

Friend 1:  It is very interesting, well worth taking a look.

Friend 2:  I suppose I will have to get down to the foyer at some point before the conference ends.

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to get down to - Gerund Form:

Getting down to doing something you've been avoiding can be a relief.

Getting down to talking about the essential elements of a subject is not always easy.

Getting down to the last beer during Super Bowl is unthinkable.

Getting down to the farmer's market on Saturday morning is enjoyable.

to get down to - Examples:

1)  Let's get down to work now

2)  ... , it had a whole generation of young people excited to be alive and get down to the excellent peacetime hobby of makin' babies.

3)  Take that away and the economy will get down to basics pretty fast.

4)  After you get down to the bottom level you may continue to stretch out and connect with the original ...

5)  , the beer will eventually come, hopefully when I get down to see David in the fall.

6)  ... that lead to " promenade level " for those who might otherwise have trouble getting down to the water.

7)  This book collects all of that great information, getting down to the nuts and bolts of the coding you will need to do to make

8)  The media attention is a whole different animal when you start getting down to four teams and to two teams.

9)  Heck, just getting my ID and residency proofs together and getting down to the DMV office once was a major hassle.

10)  But I can't think of anything that will improve your development more than getting down to the bit level.

11)  ... but when it gets down to heavy duty work only a computer will do.

12)  Like everything, it gets down to my intentions, my ethics, and my integrity.

13)  Once he gets down to the surface, Pete will take a few minutes to check his ability to ...

14)  So what I'm saying is, it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make.

15)  For me, it gets down to return on investment (of time, money, etc).

16)  When I got down to the Contemporary's parking lot, my runabout was gone.

17)  Another local bridge got down to an 8% sufficiency rating and was permanently closed, bringing economic devastation to ...

18)  To explain how so much oil got down to the sea floor, Joye's team did an experiment when they got back ...

19)  We got down to 4 people out of the hundred or so resumes we received.

20)  At first my collection grew fast but slowed down when it got down to the very young and very old.