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    Question question about get lost and other similar idioms

    hi

    by looking up oxford dictionary and wikipedia, i found out there are many expressions which means "go away"
    get lost, beat it, f*ck off, go away, take a hike, piss off, bugger off, buzz off, take off, ... !!!!

    i am soooo confused!which one is the worst? which one you can say to a friend?! which one is more common?!
    in my language there are only three idioms for it ...
    thanks in advance!
    Last edited by hirastikanah; 12-Jun-2014 at 17:07.

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    Default Re: question about get lost and other similar idioms

    F*ck off is probably the worst of those. There are no fixed rules about what you can and cannot say to a friend.

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    Default Re: question about get lost and other similar idioms

    I have the impression that "take a hike" is almost exclusively Canadian. Am I right or wrong?
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    Default Re: question about get lost and other similar idioms

    I've heard it used in BrE, though not very often.

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    Default Re: question about get lost and other similar idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by hirastikanah View Post
    which one you can say to a friend?
    Another thing to take into account is the way you say these things- it could be meant in a joky way or it could be very rude depending on the intonation, etc. I would recommend taking care with this sort of phrase- if you get it wrong, you may find yourself apologising to an upset friend.

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    Default Re: question about get lost and other similar idioms

    get lost, beat it, fuck off, go away, take a hike, piss off, bugger off, buzz off, take off,

    As stand-alone commands to "go away", in my opinion all of these examples are natural except "take off".

    I would not normally expect, "You're very annoying, take off!", whereas any of the other phrases would work OK there.

    I would also stress the need for caution, as Tdol says.

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    Default Re: question about get lost and other similar idioms

    hi

    thank you all

    so:
    1- f*ck off is the worst
    2- take off is not used in the meaning of "go away"
    3- "Take a hike" is used in BrE, but not very often
    4- There are no fixed rules about what i can say to a friend
    5- the way we say them, could be meant in a joky way or rude

    now two questions:
    1- what BrE letters stand for?
    2- when it comes to be rude, is it possible to sort them from the worst to bad ?!

    thanks again

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    Default Re: question about get lost and other similar idioms

    Using the f-word is the worst, as you have been told. In fact, don't use it in this forum again, please.

    How rude the others will sound will depend on context and tone. They can all be equally offensive.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: question about get lost and other similar idioms

    BrE + British English
    AmE = American English
    AusE = Australian English

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    Default Re: question about get lost and other similar idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by hirastikanah View Post
    2- when it comes to be rude, is it possible to sort them from the worst to bad ?
    Not really- different people might have different ideas and the way we say them has a great effect on the strength.

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