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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.