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To Get Around To

To Get Around To

Meaning: Finally manage to do something, make
the effort to do something

Example 1:

Tom: Ahhh, just a day sitting in front of the TV with a beer
watching football! What a life!

Sarah: Ummm…actually I really need you to change the light bulbs in
the bathroom. They burned out two weeks ago and I have to put my make up on in
the dark every morning. I look terrible!

Tom: Well, you’re not helpless! Why don’t you go buy the light bulbs
and change them yourself?

Sarah: What? You know I’m not tall enough to change those light bulbs!
Even with the ladder! Remember when I tried to do it last year and fell?
Please, Tom, you just never get around
to doing it and I’ll have to shower and put on make up in the dark for the
rest of my life!

Tom: Don’t be so dramatic! I’ll get
around to it soon. Just let me finish my beer and watch this game.

Sarah: (sigh)

Example 2:

Ken: So, you and Jenny make a really good couple.
When are you going to propose? It’s time you settle down and start a family.

Jack: Oh, I don’t know. I’ll get around to asking her someday. I like the way things are now.

Ken: Well….you had better not wait too long. She
might just get tired of waiting and find someone else who wants to start a

Jack: Really? I never thought about it that way. I’ve
always just assumed we would get around
to it sooner or later.

Ken: Dude! That’s not the way to look at it. You
have to ask her now!

Jack: You know what? You’re right. I’m going to buy
a ring and propose to her this weekend.

Ken: Sounds great!

Jack: Thanks for the advice!

get around to something  
means to
finally do something after waiting or delaying it for a while.  It is used in a variety of different
situations and usually shows that the person is not making an effort to do
something that needs to be done. In example A, Tom has been putting off changing
the light bulb. In example b, Jack has been delaying proposing to his girlfriend

idiom can be found in the LSI textbook Speaking Savvy. This book is used at LSI
schools in the level 5 Listening/Speaking classes. For more information, please

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