‘Get Over It’ | Phrase Definition, Examples, & Origin
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Get Over It


The phrase “Get Over It” means to accept something that happened in the past and move on.

Example of use: Danny—”I’m really bummed that I lost the game last night” Rosa— “You need to get over it and focus on winning today’s game.”

Interesting fact

When we talk about “getting over it,” we’re discussing finishing something – be that an illness, an emotional upset, or something else entirely. The origin of the idiom “get over it” is attested to use of the word “over” as a late 14th century meaning for “recover from.” The term is first seen in literature in John Behervaise’s Thirty-six Years of Seafaring Life published in 1839, referencing an amputation: “Such was his state that no one supposed he could ever get over it.”