Phrasal verbs

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Ingrid59

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Hi,

I wonder about the phrasal verb "get off it". Does one use that when one is trying to pulling someone's leg? Do you say it if you think what you are hearing seems too far fetched? Does that expression originates from GB? I said it to a girl from Scotland, and she had never heard of it...

Thank you for your reply,

Warmly,
Ingrid
 

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Welcome to the forums.

There is an exclamation "Get off!" which, said with a tone of surprise, means " I don't believe you".

A Did you know that the government is going to cancel all road tax this year?

B Get off!


 

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"Get off it" does have American meaning(s).

It can be used as a phrase that to mean, "you're kidding me.'

"Julie is getting married."
"Get off it; when did that happen?"

or, it can be used as a dismissive statement, or to tell someone that their thinking is stupid.

"I'm moving to France."
"Get off it; do you think you will be happy there?"
 
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