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See also: belike
- To be similar to something.
They must be like the last group who stayed.
- (informal, chiefly US and MLE) To say
If he's like "I don't want to", then be like "Pretty please! - it means a lot to me".
- 2012, Mike Lacher, On the Bro'd: A Parody of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (page 71)
- A lotta times I grabbed bags of frozen chicken nuggets to take home. “You know what they say,” Ricky would be like. “Dude's gotta have nugs.”
- The use of "like" to mean "say" is considered by many to be overly informal, and normally only occurs in spoken English.
- The words after the "be like" may not actually be what was said, but instead a summary of what was said. Similarly, unlike "say", "be like" may be impersonal, e.g. 'She was really insistent. It was like "I really need that right now!"'
- The words after the "be like" may not actually be spoken, but instead be intended to represent a mood in which that thing might be said.