Tag, you are it!

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Dear teachers...

Could you please elaborate on the meaning of that expression?

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Hello,
I think it's just the game that kids play.
One kid is the hunter and the other kids are the preys.
Once the hunter tags (just touches) a prey, the prey becomes the hunter.
"Tag, you are it!"

Maybe I'm completely wrong, though :-D

**Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

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Absolutely, it comes from the children's game of "tag."

I use it when we get caught up in a game of "telephone tag" in which we repeatedly leave voicemails for the other person, never catching that person at their desk. After this happens a couple times, instead of saying "Hi, this is Barb, returning your call that returned my call when I left you that message..." I will just say "Hey, it's Barb again. Tag, you're it." And then it's that person's role to try to call me again... etc.
 

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In some parts of the world this game is called 'he' - 'You're it' is the same though.

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In some parts of the world this game is called 'he' - 'You're it' is the same though.

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And when I was at school, it was called "Had". Worked on exactly the same principle though and when you caught someone, you simply tapped them anywhere and said "Had! You're it!"
 

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When I first heard that expression, given the context, I guessed it meant 'Hey, It's your turn now!

So, dear friends, Did I guess right?

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:up: - with a certain sense of relief on the part of the speaker: 'I'm glad I'm not doing it any more'.

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:up: - with a certain sense of relief on the part of the speaker: 'I'm glad I'm not doing it any more'.

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Exactly!:-D

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