[Idiom] I've got it made.

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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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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."
 
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