"to get over on somebody"

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Here's the context:

Two young men belonging to a gang are on trial for murder. Their homeboys threaten the jury: one of them points his fingers at the jurors as if it were a gun and goes “bang”. The next morning, the members of the jury tell the judge about it. One of the jurors then says : They got in my face too last night. (speaking to the other jurors:) But they’re just trying TO GET OVER ON YOU.

By the way, how do you understand "they got in my face" ?

  • Benjy

    Senior Member
    English - English
    get over on you.. i have no idea.

    as for get in someones face, the idea is you walk right up to someone and try to intimidate them by physical promximité.


    Senior Member
    American English
    "get over on" someone is to take (unfair) advantage of them.

    Usually by trickery or deception, but in this case by intimidation.

    also: Pull a fast one.
    also: Pull the wool over their eyes.
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