#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…

  • Denis Paraschuk

    Tom was busy today. So, he is gonna get in a little bit later this evening.

    Merry forgot to switch off her iron. So, we have to get in as sonn as possible.

    Jerry took one entrance exam and got in to State Academy.

    The New Party got in last year.

    We have to get critical issues in by midday.

    Tatiana has to get an electrician in because it seems there is some problems with line voltage.

    Henry is busy today. So, it’s difficult to manage to get in one of current bugs.

    When my son is talking, nobody can get a word in.

    Ukrainians are waiting for Easter. So, they need to get a lot of food in before it.

    What time does the train get? It gets in at 4.00pm.

    We’re going to the bar. So, my friend will get the drinks in, because he has a newborn daughter.

    My mother always gets in a bad mood when I forget to call her.

    • *We have to get home as soon as possible.

      • Denis Paraschuk

        Hey Luke,

        Thank you for your response.

        Just would like to clarify.

        Regarding point #4 (“get in” – to go inside a place/something) and your example (“The door was locked and I had to get in through the bathroom window”) I decided that in such context when we mentioned “door” in the first part of sentence, we are able to exclude word “home” in the second part of one and just use “get in”, because we know that we’re talking about home/house.

        That’s the reason why I’ve used just “get in” in my example (“So, we have to get in as soon as possible”).

        Please, let me know if I have wrong understanding.

        I’ll appreciate your feedback.

        P.S. Could we use “break in” phrasal verb in this example: “We have to break in home asap”.


      • Not ‘break in home’ – you don’t need to add ‘home’ to that.
        To be specific you could say ‘break into + place’ but it would be ‘break into my flat’.

        ‘To get home’ includes the idea of travelling back to your home and then arriving. ‘To get in’ just means entering. That’s why I think ‘get home’ is better in your example.

        Keep up the good work.

      • Denis Paraschuk

        It’s clear now!
        Thanks a lot!

  • Anonymous

    thanks luke you are pretty beneficial i’m always getting many stuff due to you you are fabulous

  • Kamil

    Ok, Last night I got in the house very late and everyone was already asleep. I couldn’t get in because I hadn’t taken the keys to my apartment. In order to get in into a university I had to take two exams and one interview. In the last local government elections my father got in. I had to get these papers in by the of the November and I failed so, they’re gonna probably evict me from this apartment. I’m getting a car mechanic in to repair my old-fashioned car. I don’t seem to get in french classes into my day. I simply miss them every week. The war is coming so we’ve got to get a lof of canned food in. My taxi gets in at 1 p.m. so I’ve got harry up. Come on, It’s my turn, I’ll get the drinks in. My girlfriend gets in a bad mood when she has period.

  • María José

    It was 11 pm when I got in last night.
    if you don´t get in the car right now we will leave without you.
    I got in! I´m gonna study a master!
    I´ll get the composition in tomorrow, I could not manage to get it in today, sorry.
    They got great gardeners in, their garden now looks stunning!
    Let me see if I can get our coffee in this week.
    She got lot of beer in for the party and that was awesome.
    My flight will get in at 3pm so I´ll be home at 5pm ish.
    No worries, I´ll get the food in!
    As soon as that happened I knew he was going to get in a angry mood.

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  • Andrzej

    Don’t be ridiculous, Luke! Only 11 meanings/uses?! Couldn’t you come up with something a bit more ambitious? Let’s say at least 65 meanings or so.