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    get off my lawn

    What does this phrase mean?

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    Re: get off my lawn

    I'm not a teacher, but I guess it is a strong request as to leave someone's property.
    In some States, house owners are entitled to use a gun against intruders, so it comes to my mind the image of a cowboy-like redneck pointing his shotgun at a salesman and shouting "Get off my lawn!".

    I guess it could be used in a figurative way too.

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    Re: get off my lawn

    Now that Mick Jagger's a plutocrat he might well say 'Hey, you, get off of my lawn.'

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    Re: get off my lawn

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Now that Mick Jagger's a plutocrat he might well say 'Hey, you, get off of my lawn.'

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    ... in a duet with Roger Daltrey singing 'Hope I die before I get a trout farm'.

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    Re: get off my lawn

    The lawn is the grassy area found in front (and back) of a house. (In England they refer to it as the "garden.") Many suburban homeowners are very fussy about their lawns, they fertilize and maintain them to look like a plush green carpet. In those cases, they resent intruders walking on (or neighborhood children playing ball on) their precious grass.

    In AmE, "get off of my lawn" is often used as a sort of idiom or rejoinder to indicate that someone is middle-aged and cantankerous. "I can't believe that I actually thought the music in that club was too loud. I can remember a time when a concert could never be loud enough. The next thing you know I'll be telling kids to get off my lawn!"

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