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Conversational Phrases/G

Conversational phrases beginning with G. Select a phrase for more details.

get a grip (on yourself) INFORMAL

This is used to firmly tell someone to control their emotions and behave sensibly or rationally.

get a life American English INFORMAL

This is a harsh thing to say if you're annoyed with someone whose life seems dull or limited.

get a move on INFORMAL

You can say this if you want somebody to hurry up or go faster.

get it (1) INFORMAL

to understand what you've been told or shown

get it (2) INFORMAL

to be punished by somebody

get lost! INFORMAL

This is an impolite way of telling someone to go away, or of rejecting an offer or a request.

get off my back INFORMAL

You can say this to someone if you want them to stop annoying you or bothering you.

get off my case INFORMAL

You can say this to someone if you want them to stop being so critical or demanding of you.

get out of here! American English INFORMAL

You can say this if someone tells you something that's difficult to believe.

get out of the way INFORMAL

You can say this if someone's in your way, or in a space you want to use.

get over it INFORMAL

You can say this if someone's had a bad experience, but you think it's time they recovered.

get real American English INFORMAL

You can say this if someone says something that's impossible or unrealistic.

get the idea | get the picture INFORMAL

to understand something, esp. something that isn't said directly

get the wrong idea INFORMAL

to misunderstand, or to believe something that isn't true

getting there

You can say this if you think someone or something is making progess.

give it a rest INFORMAL

You can use this to firmly tell someone to stop doing something that's annoying or disturbing you.

give me a break INFORMAL

You can say this after someone says something ridiculous, annoying or untrue.

go easy on (sb) INFORMAL

to not punish, berate or criticize someone too severely

go easy on (sth) INFORMAL

to not use, eat, or drink too much of something

go for it! INFORMAL

You can say this to encourage someone to try hard or take on a challenge.

go there

to mention something, esp. something that could upset someone or cause an argument

go to hell! INFORMAL

If you say this to somebody, it means that you're very angry or upset with them.

God (only) knows (1) INFORMAL

You can say this to emphasize that you don't know something.

God (only) knows (2) INFORMAL

You can say this to emphasize how honest or truthful you're being.

goes to show

You can say this when something happens that shows a belief really is true.

good for you | good on you

You can say this to someone if you're happy for them or proud of them.

good Heavens | good Lord | good grief INFORMAL

You can say this if you're very surprised or shocked by something.

good riddance (to bad rubbish) INFORMAL

You can say this after someone you dislike or are angry with has gone.

guess what? INFORMAL

You can say this before telling someone something exciting or surprising.

Contributor: Matt Errey