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Is there a difference between "to HAVE one's way" and "to GET one's way"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you

Paolo

Answer
In practical terms, Paolo, these expressions are interchangeable. With "have" the focus is on the result, and with "get" the focus is on achieving the result. No examples would be helpful, because whenever you could use one of these you could alternatively use the other.

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