get back (2)

Meaning: If you get something back, it is returned to you after you've lent it, lost it, or had it stolen.

Synonym: retrieve

For example:

  • get sth back If you leave something in a taxi, you might get it back if you call the taxi company.

  • get back sth I'm never lending money to Dave again. Last time it took six months to get back the hundred dollars I lent him.

Quick Quiz:

If a boxer loses a championship title, the only way he can get it back is to

a. return it to the champion

b. be defeated by the champion

c. defeat the champion in a title fight

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