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    I've got it made.

    Does the expression "to have got it made" always focus in the future rather than in the present. Has it necessarily got to do with success? If a couple of friends are at a party looking at this gorgeous girl and she winks at one of them, can one of the friends say: "Wow, man, you've got it made"?

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    Re: I've got it made.

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Does the expression "to have got it made" always focus in the future rather than in the present. Has it necessarily got to do with success? If a couple of friends are at a party looking at this gorgeous girl and she winks at one of them, can one of the friends say: "Wow, man, you've got it made"?
    The expression focuses on the present --- right now. I would say that its use varies from place to place. There is probably about a 20% chance that I would use it in that context. I would use it with reference to one's financial status or one's position in a corporation or a profession.

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    Re: I've got it made.

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Does the expression "to have got it made" always focus in the future rather than in the present? Has it necessarily got to do with success? If a couple of friends are at a party looking at this gorgeous girl and she winks at one of them, can one of the friends say: "Wow, man, you've got it made"?

    Even with your example about meeting a woman, it's still a form of success - you were successful in attracting the woman's attention or affection.

    It can also refer to ease or luxury, although I guess you could also view that as a form of success.

    "Here I am, sitting on the beach with a cold beer and a gentle breeze. Man, I've really got it made."

    In the right context, you could use the past tense.

    "I had it made, but I blew it all on drugs and booze."
    Last edited by Skrej; 12-Aug-2017 at 21:55. Reason: typos galore
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