been there, done that

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Etymology[edit]

Ellipsis for "I have been there and have done that".

Phrase[edit]

been there, done that

  1. (idiomatic) (ironic) an assertion that the speaker has personal experience or knowledge of a particular place or topic
    Paragliding? Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt.
    • 2012 May 31, Tasha Robinson, “Film: Review: Snow White And The Huntsman”:
      Huntsman feints at being the Snow White retelling no one has ever seen before, but ultimately becomes the “been there, done that” of fairy-tale filmmaking.

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