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    go get them

    Hello,
    iId like to know what "go get them" means.
    Thanks. rip

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    Re: go get them

    It depends upon the context. It could be used in a literal sense, as in "chase after and capture them" (a command you'd issue to a police task force, for example) or "go and retrieve these objects" (a command you'd give to a dog or perhaps a group of children after you've thrown a bunch of objects into the distance). Sports coaches (particularly in football) might give their team a pep talk and encourage them to "go get them," which means "do your best in defeating the opposing team." A sales manager might encourage his staff to "go get them," meaning work hard and make a lot of sales.

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    Re: go get them

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    It depends upon the context. It could be used in a literal sense, as in "chase after and capture them" (a command you'd issue to a police task force, for example) or "go and retrieve these objects" (a command you'd give to a dog or perhaps a group of children after you've thrown a bunch of objects into the distance). Sports coaches (particularly in football) might give their team a pep talk and encourage them to "go get them," which means "do your best in defeating the opposing team." A sales manager might encourage his staff to "go get them," meaning work hard and make a lot of sales.
    Thanks a lot.
    Is it possible to use this expression before a test at school, for example, to encourage a schoolfriend or can a teacher say that to his students?
    Thanks Rip

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    Re: go get them

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Thanks a lot.
    Is it possible to use this expression before a test at school, for example, to encourage a schoolfriend or can a teacher say that to his students?
    Thanks Rip

    Yes in both cases. "Go get them" (actually usually pronounced "go get 'em") is a common encouragement phrase spoken before any sort of challenging task.

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