[Ads-l] get out

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 11 17:28:06 UTC 2018

The English OLD (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/get_out <https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/get_out>) has two definitions for the phrasal verb “get out,” with “get” (definition 4) covering get + prepositions meaning “go.” Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/get_out <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/get_out>) has 11 definitions for the verb “get out.”

But neither cover the telephony meaning of “leave the internal telephone system” where you are using a telephone system such as at a company and have to dial a code to “get out.” This seems both common enough and idiomatic enough to warrant its own definition. 

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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