#42 – TO GET IN

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1. arrive at home – “I got in really late last night”
2. to go inside a place/something – “I couldn’t get in because the door was locked” “Come on, get in the car!”
3. to be accepted for a place at university – “I had to take 2 exams and do an interview for Cambridge – it was really hard to get in”
4. to be elected into a political position – “In 2010 the Conservative party got in”
5. to hand something in / to deliver something (e.g. an assignment) – “I have to get this essay in by 12 o’clock tomorrow”
6. to ask someone to come to do a job – “We’re getting a plumber in to fix our bathroom”
7. to manage to fit an activity into a busy schedule – “I can’t always get a phrasal verb in every day” – “When my brother and my Dad are speaking, I can’t get a word in”
8. to buy loads of stuff that you need – “We’ll need to get lots of food in before Christmas”
9. a plane or train arrives – “Our flight didn’t get in until 2.30AM! It was a nightmare”
10. to buy things for other people (especially drinks in the pub) – “I’ll get the beers in!”
11. to start being in a bad mood – “He always gets in a bad mood whenever his football team loses”getinPODPIC

Hello everyone, here is today’s phrase and I believe this is number 42 and it’s ‘to get in’, ‘to get in’ which is really common. It’s a really common phrase. There’s loads of different uses for it. You probably know a lot of them. Let’s see how many of them you know. I’m going to go through 11 different uses of this phrase pretty quickly, alright?

So, one meaning is ‘to arrive at home’ or ‘to arrive at work’. Let’s say ‘to arrive at home’:

– I got in really late last night,

for example,

– When I got in everyone was asleep

so, it means ‘to arrive at home’. It also means ‘to go to a place’, alright? ‘To go or come into a place’. For example ‘to get in the house’:

– The door was locked and I had to get in through the bathroom window,

for example, or:

– Come on! Hurry up! Get in! We’re about to go,


– We’re leaving! Come on! Get in the car!

alright? Another one would be ‘to be accepted to study at school or university’, for example:

– It’s really hard to get in. The entrance exam is really tough so, it’s very tough to get in to Cambridge or to get in to Oxford, you know. I had to take several entrance exams and an interview before I could get in,

alright? Fourth one: ‘to be elected into a political position’:

– The Labour Party got in in 1997,

for example, in the general election, or:

– In 2010 The Conservative Party got in,

you might say, alright?

To deliver or send something to a personal place, okay? So, for example ‘to get some work in’ meaning to deliver some work to your boss. My phone keeps making an annoying noise. I’m gonna make it shut up. This is just an extra bit so, okay. Right. So, ‘to get in’:

– I have to get my homework in by 12 o’clock tomorrow or the teacher’s going to be really annoyed,

– I had to get my assignments in by Friday,

for example. ‘To get something in’ is a bit like ‘to hand something in’, alright? The next one is ‘to ask someone to come to your house or office in order to do something for you’, right?

– We’re getting a plumber in to fix the bathroom,

for example, okay?

– I had to get someone in to look at our windows because they were, like, leaking,

okay? Do your windows leak? I suppose your windows leak if it rains a lot. Water might come in. So:

– I had to get someone in to look at the window,

– We had to get an electrician in to fix our light switches,

okay? ‘To get someone in’. Number 7, ‘to manage to fix something such as an activity or comment into a small amount of time, to fit it in’, okay? You know, so, for example:

– In my busy day sometimes I don’t manage to get in one of this phrasal verbs episodes. It’s difficult to get this in to my day,

right? Okay. So, another one is ‘to get a word in’. You know:

– He just talks and talks and talks. It’s so hard to get a word in,

meaning ‘to be able to insert a word or a comment into a conversation’, alright? Like:

– When my brother and my dad are talking I just can’t get a word in,

which is probably why I do Luke’s English Podcast. Just so I can actually express myself. Number 8, ‘to buy or collect things that you need’, ‘to get something in’, alright? For example:

– If there was a threat of the zombie apocalypse you would have to go to a supermarket and get in as much food as you could,

you know, to kind of collect or to buy it. We need to get extra food in before Christmas, okay? Number 9. If a train or plane arrives somewhere, it’s the opposite of depart, so the plane got in at a half past eight:

– What time does the plane get in? It gets in at a half past eight. Okay, I’ll meet you at the airport at a quarter to nine,


– Our plane was delayed and it got in at 2 AM. It was nightmare.

Number 10, ‘to buy or bring something for a group of people’, okay? You know:

– Let’s go to the pub. OK. You’ll get the seats and I’ll get the drinks in,

okay? ‘To get the drinks in’ means to buy around of drinks. And finally, number 11, if you ‘get in something such as a bad mood’ it means ‘you start being in a bad mood’, alright? For example:

– You know, he always gets in such a bad mood when his football team loses,

like my uncle always gets in a really bad mood when his football team loses. And his team is Wolverhampton Wanderers so, you can imagine he’s quite often in a bad mood because they, well, they don’t win as much as they would like.

That’s it for this one. Quite a long one. I’m just making up for the fact that I didn’t do one yesterday. But that’s two. You’ve got today this one and the previous one. We’re now up to number 42. Can I keep this up for the rest of the year? We will see. Don’t forget to vote for me in the Macmillan Dictionary Awards. I just wanted to get that in and the end of the episode. That’s it for now. Bye, bye, bye…