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Difference between Get stuck and Get stuck in

get stuck

1. become entangled in sand, snow, etc., so as to be unable to get away from a place:

  • When we finally get stuck in the middle of the Sand Sea you’ll have to carry everything.

2. get involved with smth. so as to be unable to leave:

  • Of all the days to get stuck out there, he has to pick this one.

get stuck in(coll.) start doing smth. with enthusiasm and determination:

  • Mrs. Wagner brought in two plates of food and told them to get stuck in.