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Get out of something: meaning and explanation

The phrasal verb to get out of something means to avoid or escape from doing something.

We usually use this phrasal verb to talk about avoiding something we don’t want to do, especially when we use or need an excuse to avoid it.

For example, if you’ve been invited to a meeting and you don’t want to go, you might try to get out of it.

Here’s an example in a Welsh accent:

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managed doing it was .

About the sentence

…when it was her turn…

If it is your turn to do something, then it is your opportunity or responsibility to do something. Other people have done it before you, and other people will do it after you.

e.g. You’ve been playing with the kitten for ages. When is it my turn?

Here’s another example (in an Irish accent):

We can add an object (to get somebody out of something) when we are helping someone else to avoid something. Here’s an example, in a North American accent:

Note that this phrasal verb is often used with the noun ‘trouble’ or something similar (e.g. a difficult situation):

Extra practice

Here are some questions/links to help you learn the new vocabulary:

  • Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to get out of something, such as a commitment or obligation? What were the reasons behind your decision to avoid it, and how did you handle the situation?
  • What are some common excuses or strategies people use to get out of something they don’t want to do? Do you think it’s acceptable to use these methods?
  • Have you ever been on the receiving end of someone trying to get out of something they promised to do? How did you react, and how did it affect your relationship or opinion of that person?

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