to get through

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - get through

"to get through"

to finish something


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - get through

"to get through"

to survive through some ordeal


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - get through

"to get through"

to succeed in making contact


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - get through

"to get through"

to successfully convey a message


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - get through

Two colleagues are talking at the end of a workday ...

Colleague 1:  It's time to go home.

Colleague 2:  Not for me.  I've got to stay a little late.

Colleague 1:  Why is that?

Colleague 2:  I've got to get through analyzing this report so that I am prepared for tomorrow's meeting.

Colleague 1:  Hopefully it won't take you too long.  See you.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - get through

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you heard from Tom lately?

Friend 2:  He's in jail on a technicality.

Friend 1:  How long is he in jail for?

Friend 2:  One year.

Friend 1:  Let's hope he gets through his ordeal OK.

Friend 2:  Sure, let's hope he survives intact.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - get through

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I really need to talk to Omar.

Colleague 2:  I've been trying to get him on the telephone all morning but the lines in Libya are busy.

Colleague 1:  Well, do please keep trying to get through.

Colleague 2:  I will and I'll tell you the moment I have him on the phone.

Colleague 1:  Thanks.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - get through

Two parents are talking about their child ...

Mother:  What are we going to do about Roger?

Father:  We keep talking to him but he just doesn't seem to get the message that his behaviors now will affect the rest of his life.

Mother:  Maybe if we just keep trying eventually we will get through to him.

Father:  We can try.

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to get through - Gerund Form:

Getting through the day with a positive attitude is not always easy.

Getting through a hurricane takes courage.

Getting through to some customer service reps is not easy.

Getting through to your teenage children is sometimes impossible.

to get through - Examples:

1)  I came from a middle-class family. I took out student loans to get through NYU, which I paid off maybe five years ago.

2)  ... thousands of people - patients, doctors, nurses, families - struggle to get through each day as Cook County Hospital literally crumbles around them.

3)  I stood there for about five minutes, trying to get through to animal control to come out and help, but unfortunately animal control turned out ...

4)  I've learned 4 easy steps to help me get through the mental anguish and emotional fall out accompanying life's inevitable troubles.

5)  This is the story of a man who relied on resilience and determination to get through life, and who devoted his existence to helping others like him overcome incredible odds ...

6)  Back on track Like Grandma said, much of life is simply getting through the rough parts. 

7)  Her message was not getting through.

8)  I didn't have too many problems getting through school, but I will encourage you to stick it out and try working for ...

9)  As our usage patterns normalized, we found we were getting through the day with a reasonable amount of juice remaining.

10)  I think we are finally getting through to you JZS. You have finally realized that even with the obscene amounts ...

11)  The message gets through. Even in a search-centric world, CEOs outrank SEO.

12)  So, I just posted a modified version to see if that gets through.

13)  A law can't pass unless it gets through both the House and Senate.

14)  As long as the message gets through to people; makes an impact, then they style or delivery of that message ...

15)  But I'm a little surprised that he gets through the entire article without ever once mentioning e-readers or smartphones.

16)  We got through a fair amount of material actually in that five minutes.

17)  I hope the one point that I got through to the reporter is that my letters come from disabilities that I received defending ...

18)  I was happy with my performance again, and that I got through a full 90 minutes with no injuries, once more.

19)  My husband and I just got through our first year of marriage, and it can be a difficult thing to ...

20)  After hours of trying, Imran finally got through the jammed phone lines of India TV.