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1. feel happy or well again (recover)
2. recover from a relationship you had with your ex
3. to overcome a problem, obstacle, barrier or hurdle
4. “get something over with” – finish something so you can start doing something else
5. “I can’t get over it” – I’m really surprised and amazed about it
6. “get over here” – come here
7. “Get over it” – just accept it (e.g. when someone is upset because they lost) “Just build a bridge, and get over it”
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Hi everybody this is Luke and I’m here to teach you another phrasal verb. This is phrasal verb number 51. And it is “to get over” something. To get over something. Right. It’s got a few different meanings. Let’s have a look at some of them. I’m going to explain, I think, let’s see, about five, no four meanings. And a few phrases that use this, this phrasal verb. I’m going to try to keep it brief.
Right. First of all, it’s to kind of feel happy or well again after you’ve been unhappy or after you’ve been sick. So to recover, OK. It can take ages to recover from… it can take ages to recover from flu. It can take, you know, a few days to get over the flu. All right? Like Jeff is pretty upset, but he will get over it —he will be all right.
Another one is to start, to forget someone and feel happy again after a relationship has ended. You know, after you split up with your girlfriend or boyfriend you might feel really upset, you might be a bit damaged by it. But ultimately you will get over it. Or you will get over her, OK? “It took me ages to get over my ex-girlfriend.” For example. You know. Like, “I’m not ready to get into a relationship at the moment. I’m still getting over my ex-girlfriend”, you might say.
Another one is to find a way to solve a problem. Or to deal with the problem. And it’s similar to ‘overcome’. To overcome a difficulty. Right. To get over an obstacle. You know. You might say “There are a lots of difficulties or a lots of barriers when you start to set up a new business. But if you are driven and if you don’t give up, then you get over all of these problems. And eventually, you know, see success in your, in your work.” To get over problems. To get over issues. To get over barriers. To get over hurdles. To get over obstacles.
All right. Another one is to do something or to allow something to happen, because you want it to be finished. Or you want to start something else. To get something over with. For example, “Let’s get this over with, so we can move on.” All right. Let’s get over with, You know. Maybe in a meeting you’ve got some business to attend to. Let’s say you are trying to decide on who should provide biscuits in the office. Right. “We need to work out this biscuits responsibility. Come on, let’s get it over with, so that we can move on to more serious things.” You might say.
And then here are some phrases that use the expression to get over something. You might say “I can’t get over it” to express how you are so amazed, or so surprised about something. “I can’t get over how great that film was. It was just so great.” “I can’t get over how good these songs are on this new album.” For example. Yeah. I can’t, I just can’t get over it —meaning I’m struggling, like, to deal with it, [and to] comprehend how amazing it is.
Ahm, you might say “get over here”. Get over here, meaning come here. OK, as a use to tell someone to come here. “Hey Jeff. Get over here. Come on. Get over here, mate. We’re having some biscuits. I’m sure you’d want to join in.”
To get over it. “Look, get over it, will you?” As a way of saying “look stop worrying. Stop complaining. Stop being upset.” OK. So, ahm, you know. Let’s say someone lost a game and they’re all upset. And then someone say “Look, just get over it. All right. Come on.” You know, you might even. If someone is angry with you. You could say “Look, build a bridge and get over it. OK?”
Right, that’s the end of this episode. Speak to you again soon. Bye for now.

  • Denis Paraschuk


    1. I’d like to fess up that I’m pretty upset but I’ll get over it tomorrow.

    2. What happend with Tyler? Have you seen him? Oh, yes, he is still getting over his ex-girlfriend.

    3. There was a strong hurricane. So, James has a lot of problems with his farm now. But we know about his character – he’ll get over all of difficulties and, of course, we’ll help him out.

    4. Let’s get this task over with – we need to go on with another one.

    5. You carried out so difficult trick! I can’t get over it.

    6. Hey Sarah! Get over here. I’m not going to feel you up. We just need to talk.

    7. Grace! Listen to me! There is not a problem. Get over it, ok? We’ll find these jerk and get him back for that.

  • Steve

    Good afternoon. Basically, I wish you a good afternoon and besides it is a good afternoon where I am whether you want it or not.
    Would you be so kind as to tell us the difference between “the flu” and “flu”? Thanks loads.
    Yours ever in politeness Steve.

    • They’re the same thing. Sometimes it’s called “flu” and sometimes “the flu”. I think the we sometimes add ‘the’ at the beginning because there is usually one flu strain going around. It’s the same flu that everyone else has caught that season. So the name is “flu” but the particular strain that is going around at any any given moment is called “the flu”.

  • Kamil

    When I was in high school my girlfriend broke up with me. I couln’t get over it. It was a terrible experience. In fact, I think, It was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced. She was beastly, she wasn’t even sorry. Can you believe that? I wasn’t able to comprehend it.
    Le’ts get over learning English and move on to German, please:D Just kidding. I’ll probably never stop learning English as I’ve never stopped learning my native tongue. There’s always something to ameliorate. I’ve just watched ” Inception” and I can’t get over it. The film was brilliant. When the took us to the cleaners I couldn’t get over it. But finally I got over it. Afterwards, I’m short with these fellows. They took me in. I’ll never forgive them. I think, it’s enough for today’s English session. I’ll try to write another comments tomorrow.

  • María José

    This time its taking me longer than usual but I feel like I´m getting over it.
    But I don´t want to use him just to get over my ex!
    She needs to get over all these budgets if she really wants to success.
    Are we never gonna get this over with?!

  • Tatjana

    Hi Luke,
    Thank you very much for amazing , interesting lessons! You have a gift of a gab really!!! So, please continue . I am incredible happy to listeni
    your lessons. Thank you once again and all the best !!! :)

  • Andrzej

    In Poland it’s quite customary to say ‘It’s been, it’s been, it’s gone’ in such situations. Although, I hope it’s not over. Luke, don’t feel under any compulsion to carry on but we kindly ask you. Could you please teach us useful phrasal verbs in this way when you have nothing better to do? It’s been so many interesting pieces of advice on what this series could look like. For example, that one on teaching groups of phrasal verbs relating to characteristic situations appeals to me in particular. By the way, transcribing The Prawn Story is nearly finished. Only two pages left.

    • Because my time is limited by my job, and other commitments, the only way I can carry on doing the phrasal verb episodes would be to do recordings in spare moments and continue doing it in alphabetical order. It would take a lot of time to start categorising them, because as you can see from the variety of definitions, it’s very hard to categorise these phrases. I guess the only way I can get Phrasal Verb lessons done regularly, is to do it in a kind of ‘punk’ fashion – meaning, to do them fast and basic, without a lot of preparation or high-production value. So, that’s the way it’ll have to be done because, to my great regret, I don’t have time/budget/resources to do a fully pro job on it. But, what I can do is try and make them fun, funny, engaging and lively so people want to keep listening and learning. I know you already know all this, and don’t expect a full BBC style service, but nevertheless, I thought I’d write it here anyway.
      I really like the fact that a lot of people are so keen on these phrasal verb episodes, and I hope to do my best to help you learn as many of them as possible.
      All the best!

  • Lúcio Dário

    Hi, Luke!
    My suggestion for you is to wait until the end of February and after that create a single podcast at the end of every month. For example March has 31 days, so you could make a single podcast teaching us 31 Phrasal Verbs and so on. That would cover 365 Phrasal Verbs till the end of the year, and would be less stressing for you, because we don’t want you to stop making this wonderful short lessons. Seriously, we are enjoying that a lot!!
    Thanks for all!!