get there


Achieve success, as in He always wanted to be a millionaire, and he finally got there. In this expression, there indicates one's goal. The participial form of this phrase, getting there, means “making progress toward a goal,” as in I haven't finished the book, but I'm getting there. [Late 1800s] Also see get somewhere.

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Example sentences from the Web for get there

  • Get-there City had not gotten there beyond a single straggling street of shanties.

    Tales From Bohemia|Robert Neilson Stephens