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Difference between Get on with it and Get with it

get on with itcontinue with what one is doing:

  • My partner is drinking too much but every time I mention it we end up arguing—should I just let him get on with it?

get with it—(coll.) respond to new ideas, styles, etc.; become modern:

  • My wish to you, especially the older dairy farmers, is to get with it or the future will be without you.

Note: Neither expression correlates in meaning with the phrase get away with it—go unpunished for doing smth. wrong:

  • The law says they can defame you and get away with it if the story is true. Truth is an almost perfect defense in a libel suit.