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Maggie Q
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:25:57 AM
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Then he slapped her, and thinking pretty much ceased.

He didn’t get much into that first one, because he was still in the doorway and there wasn’t much room to swing; he could only draw his arm back to half-cock. He might not have hit her at all (at least not to start with) had she not been flashing a grin—God, those teeth, they’d given him the creeps even in grammar school—and if she hadn’t called him Junior.

Question 1: He didn’t get much into that first one --- in this case, what's the meaning of 'get'?

Question 2: at least not to start with WHAT?
Romany
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:59:21 AM
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"He didn't get much power into that 1st one (punch) because of his inability to draw his arm back properly."

"Not to start with" = "not in the beginning."

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