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1. to get pleasure from doing something
2. to avoid having to do something
3. to help someone avoid having to do something
4. to take off some uncomfortable clothes
5. to persuade someone to give you some information, or money
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Hello everybody, this is Luke from Luke’s English Podcast. Here’s another phrasal verb and this is phrasal verb number 50 and I have to say, I have to tell you – I’m so close, I’m very close to just throwing in the towel on this phrasal verb episodes – I have to admit I’m really close to just giving up. In fact, today I nearly decided – Oh, I really, I’ve had enough and I can’t do this any more – So, I’m just so close to quitting because I’m just, I don’t know, I’m not sure that everyone’s really getting a lot out of these things. I’m not sure. Some people have written to me saying that they’re really useful. I just want to know if enough people find this to be valuable. Anyway, just send me a message in some way and tell me what you think.

Anyway, I’m going to carry on for now and this phrase is ‘get out of’, okay? ‘To get out of’ and there’re a few different meanings and one of them is ‘to get pleasure or to benefit from something’, you know? For example: ‘to get a lot of satisfaction out of being a teacher’, yeah?

– Now, as a teacher, you might not be paid a lot but you can get quite a lot out of it because it’s quite satisfying to help people communicate directly with people. So, yeah, I get quite a lot out of being a teacher.

Another meaning is ‘to avoid doing something that you should do or that you said you would do’. ‘To avoid doing something that you should do or that you said you would do’, ‘to avoid having to do a responsibility’ you know? ’To get out of it’:

– I’ve got to go and meet my boss for an embarrassing chat later and I wish I just get out of it. If I could get out of it I would.

‘To get out of doing something’:

– He always manages to get out of doing any of the housework. I don’t know how he manages it.

Another meaning is ‘to help someone to avoid doing something’, so, ‘to get somebody out of something’ like:

– I’ll try and get you out of having lunch with my parents if I can but I think that they really want to meet you.

Another one is ‘to take off clothes’ especially because they’re uncomfortable. You know, you come home and you say:

– Look, let me just get out of this suit

or if it’s been raining and you’ve got caught in the rain and you’re soaked in wet you might say:

– Oh, let me just get out of these wet clothes and I’ll be with you in a minute

okay? ‘To get out of some clothes’, ‘to take off some clothes’.

Another is ‘to persuade someone to give you something’ for example information or money.

– See what you can get out of him

you know

– I’m a bit worried about Jeff. He’s been a bit quiet recently. Why don’t you have a little chat with him? Just see what you can get out of him. See what’s going on.

Okay? ‘To get something out of someone’, ‘to get information from someone’.

And then of course there’s phrases that you hear in movies and things like:

– Get out of here!

Get out of here.

– Get out of here!

which means ‘Shut up, don’t be stupid. Don’t be ridiculous, get out of here’

Another one would be:

– Get out of there!

which you hear in action movies all the time, so, when people are in a situation that is dangerous, for example if the building is going to explode you might hear people say:

– It’s gonna blow! Get out of there!


That’s it for this one and I will speak to you again soon probably in another podcast about phrasal verbs. I’m not giving up yet but I’m just close to it but I’m trying to keep going, alright? I’m just going to get into the habit of keeping doing this episodes. It’s a challenge. I mean I knew when I started. When I started this in January I thought: ‘Oh, why have I decided to do that? That’s a real commitment. It could be inconvenient’. I love doing it, I love speaking to you through a microphone like this. I really do but sometimes I just get out of the habit of doing it every day finding a spare moment to do it every day. Alright, I’ll speak to you again soon though, for now, goodbye.

  • Denis Paraschuk

    Hey Luke,

    Please, carry on with phrasal verbs. I have been learning these ones for one year using Luke’s English Podcast and I’m really satisfied with it. Thanks for your job.

    About “GET OUT OF”

    1. I’m getting a lot of satisfaction out of learning this podcast.

    2. David kept discussion with his client and decided that he’ll deliver this task tomorrow. But David was informed that client doesn’t want to pay us. So, he’ll get out of it.

    3. Ryan will get Sarah out of cooking this evening.

    4. I’m going to get out of this jacket because it’s very dirty.

    5. Nicholas keeps the meetings with his client everyday. He tries to get all necessary information from him, in other words, he tries to get out of him.

    6. I don’t want to see you anymore! Get out of here!

    7. It’s dangerous place! Everybody! Get out of there!

  • Kamil

    It’s been a while since you uploaded this phrasal verb. I even think you’ve stopped doing these phrasal verbs already so I am not going to motivate you or encourage to keep it up. If it was too much for you, then I get it. Anyway, I regularly post some comments as a way to boost my writing. Here, I’d like to thank you for all the work you’ve done so far. Ok, now, let’s get down to buisness. I’m going to paraphrase some sentences you wrote above. As a language learner I can get a lot out of it. Really, it may be dull at times but I’m getting lots out of it. It makes me happy :)Another one : Mike, the suspect is already there. Listen carefully, you’ve got to get a lot out of him. You’ve got to pin him to the wall. Don’t shun “special”methods. This case is crucial for the whole world. Ohh, shit, I’m soaked wet. I was out a while ago and it’s been pouring from the sky. I’ve got to quick get out of these wet clothes. I don’t want to get a bad cold. I’ve just recovered from the terrible flu I’d beens struggling with for 2 months.
    Get out of here! There are explosives everywhere ! No one is safe here. Kojac, you’ve got to defuse the bombs. You know what to do. Good luck with it. May the force be with you, Jedi!!

    • Awesome comments! I love the Kojack reference. I must get baxk into doing these phrasal verbs.

  • María José

    Oh, I guess I´m a bit late here as I started to follow this serie recently so I couldn´t ask you to carry on or let you know your job is very useful on time, but I´m glad lots of people wrote you comments and told you the same I would had if I would found it out on time. Please, Luke, don´t give it up, you´re doing such a marvellous and superuseful job and you and we, all your listeners, know you are more than able to do it and finish it awesomely!
    On the other hand it´s true that I also feel you when it´s about a big commitment and you dont really feel like you are getting enough out of it, in the case you only want to give it up I just would understand and accept it. Luke, no worries, no pressure, the main reason for you to do it must be your enjoyment. So If you feel happy recording the podcasts we will feel happy listenning to them :)

    And after that I´m going to give you my examples as usual hahaha

    I really get quite a lot of being an actress, that´s why I carry on doing it.
    I wish I could get out of it but that wouldn´t be very nice I know… I´ll just go.
    Are you asking me to get you out of it?! I´m going to pretend I didn´t hear anything
    Could you please help me to get out of this coat?
    I really felt like she was trying to get out of me, I didn´t feel very comfortable with that to be honest.

    By the way Luke, thanks for everything and happy new year!

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  • Andrzej

    You know, Luke, what I think about it so, let me just share my humble opinion with the LEPers. A sedate pace and randomly-derived phrasal verbs is the key to success of this, really great series. In other words: ‘to get you out of this mess’ in order for you to be sure that we get something out of this series.

  • Hernan

    go on with this Luke, dont stop, or maybe it is a hard workd and we know you are a bussy man, dont do it so regularly, maybe 1 every 2 or 3 days in order we could get it more easily. Good job…