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    Hello,everyone !
    Could anybody please tell me what "get with it " mean ? thank you all .

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    Re: get with it

    Hi,
    It's impossible to tell witout a context. Could you give a sentence or two?

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    Re: get with it

    Quote Originally Posted by lks View Post
    Hello,everyone !
    Could anybody please tell me what "get with it " mean ? thank you all .
    By itself, "get with it" is a way of getting someone's attention by expressing dissatisfaction. It is similar to "get with the program".

    Get with it, Bob. We were talking about the game last week.

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    Re: get with it

    'Get with it' used to be used in a general sense, meaning 'update yourself'/ 'become fashionable'/participate in youth culture'. I remember an early sighting (for me) of the 'get with the program' sense in the early '60s film Summer Holiday (oh yes, I was there!).The lyrics of one song went:

    Get with it.
    With what?
    With this plan....


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    Sorry, I canít grasp the idea. What kind of dissatisfaction? What programme? Could you please provide a context or two?
    TIA

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    Re: get with it

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Sorry, I canít grasp the idea. What kind of dissatisfaction? What programme? Could you please provide a context or two?
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    I surely don't have to explain again. We've been talking about this for months. Get with the programme.

    (I'm not exasperated with you, Humble! )

    I heard this used, jokingly, by a very British person, pretending to be one of our American bosses. He said 'Get with the program, guys.' [I've given the spelling an American tweak!]

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    I am really sorry, Bob. Thick as a brick. Could you try agn please?

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    Re: get with it

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    I am really sorry, Bob. Thick as a brick. Could you try agn please?
    Not at all, Humble. Glad to oblige.

    The programme is any scheme or plan.

    Let's say a company's HR department ('Human Resources') wants to employ more people over the age of 50. They institute a programme called 'People for the 21st century'. They tell all managers that they must hire more people in their 50s, and set them a target. The e-mail that announces the target uses a special graphic; perhaps there's a new logo - you know the sort of thing.

    Six months after the programme was started, the HR department collects statistics about hiring figures. Some of the managers are heading for their targets; a few have already met them. But one manager has been hiring younger and younger people.

    The head of HR is annoyed with the rogue manager, and says 'We've been working on People for the 21st century for 6 months; most managers have improved their figures, but your figures are doing exactly the wrong thing. Get with the programme!'

    [This example is a bit laboured, as examples often are. In real life, people use 'the programme' to refer to any plan or scheme - especially one that's part of the culture of a firm.]

    Does that help?

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    Tnx very much, Bob. MmmmÖ. your example does not look like an everyday occasion (or, rather, occurrence?). I understand it like Come on, take part in it, catch up with the others.
    Could the phrase be said inside a household?

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    Re: get with it

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Tnx very much, Bob. MmmmÖ. your example does not look like an everyday occasion (or, rather, occurrence?). I understand it like Come on, take part in it, catch up with the others.
    Could the phrase be said inside a household?
    I don't think it would be said in full ( inc. '... the programme') in the household; but in a family context someone could well say 'Get with it' in the general meaning ('stay in touch with recent/modern developments').


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