Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get past (something/somebody)

get past somethingget past somebody
1) be able to pass or overcome an obstacle or difficult situation
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    • get a plan/proposal past the Board
  • Analysis

    'Get past' is a phrasal verb used in professional and social contexts. To get past can mean to move around or in front of someone or something that is in your way. To get past someone or something can also mean to get beyond it, such as overcoming a difficulty or an obstacle. If something gets passed someone it can mean it is officially accepted or approved by someone in authority.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I was in a big hurry but I couldn't get past anyone because the traffic was bumper to bumper.
    2. Steve and Shirley are going through a difficult time in their relationship. He still can't find a way of getting past the fact that she cheated on him.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. My proposal has been put together well, but I'm not sure I can get it past the Board.
    2. The boss always seems to know when someone is slacking off at work. You can't get anything past her!
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