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    Been there, got the T-shirt

    Hello!

    Could somebody explain to me what the phase "Been there, got the T-shirt" means. Has it to do with having been together with someone in the same way as in the other phrase "Been there, done that." And what is the T-shirt for?

    Thanks on before hand.
    Regards, Pepita

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    Re: Been there, got the T-shirt

    I usually hear it as "Been there, done that, got the t-shirt" all as one.

    When you go on vacation, it's common to come back with something as a keepsake. A t-shirt is a common thing to bring back. You go to St. Thomas, you come home with a St. Thomas t-shirt.

    The phrase you're asking about is usually not used literally - it is used to mean "That's not new to me; that's not exciting; that's something I've done before."
    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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    Re: Been there, got the T-shirt

    Thank you Barb_D for a quick and good explanation!

    Now I understand what the T-shirt means there, and that the phrase has nothing really to do with relationships, although it can be used in that context too.

    Thanks and all the best
    Pepita

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