Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get (something) through (somebody's) head

get something through somebody's head
Meaning(s)
1) cause somebody to learn, understand, or accept something
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    • he/she just can't seem to get it through his/her head
  • Analysis

    The expression to get through to someone or to get something through somebody's head refers to making someone understand what you are trying to say or to accept what you are telling them, usually when they are reluctant to believe you or they refuse to face facts. This is an informal expression usually used in social contexts and cant be quite aggressive or rude as it is a strong phrase.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Look, get it through your head - we are breaking up and nothing is going to change that!
    2. I don't know how to get it through to your head that we can't afford to buy a new car.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Finally, my students have gotten it through their heads that the use of mobile phones in the classroom will not be tolerated.
    2. Kevin keeps asking if he can partner with me on the project. He just can't seem to get it through his head that I have absolutely no interest in working with him!
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