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Dear Ted:

With the use of some examples, would you please explain the difference between "get down ON it" and "get down TO it"?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

With the use of some examples, would you please explain the difference between "get down ON it" and "get down TO it"?

*** I know of only one example for "get down ON it."  It is the title of a popular song by Cool and the Gang.  Other rock groups have used the expression.  Here's the meaning from an online slang dictionary:

It means to start moving your body to the song (let loose, don't control or limit yourself).

*** "Get down TO it" means to start working on some project:  If we want to have the decorations for the dance done on time, we had better get down TO it.

*** It has another meaning:  to get to the basics of something.  We have to get down TO the original formula to find a better solution to the problem.

Ted

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