get lost

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get lost

  1. (colloquial, dismissal) Used to rudely tell somebody to go away or leave one alone.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:go away

Usage notes[edit]

  • Telling someone to "get lost!" is slightly more rude than, for example, "beat it!" but less rude or vulgar than "piss off!" or "fuck off!"; polite ways to ask someone to leave include "please leave me alone" or the more indirect "I need time to myself at the moment".
  • Most verbs that may be used to refer to oneself leaving quickly (such as scat or vamoose) can be used as synonyms for "get lost" when said to another person.
  • "Getting lost", the state of losing one's bearings, should not be confused with "get lost!".



get lost (third-person singular simple present gets lost, present participle getting lost, simple past got lost, past participle (UK) got lost or (US) gotten lost)

  1. (intransitive) To lose one's way.
    Don't you have a map? How did we get lost?
    I got lost in his reasoning.
  2. (intransitive, of an object) To go missing; to be in a location unknown to someone who is looking for it.
    My keys got lost while I was out today.
  3. (intransitive) To be absent, to seem to be absent.
    The violins get lost with the rest of the music.
  4. (intransitive, usually in imperative and reported speech, idiomatic) To exit from the scene.
    I don't want to have to tell you again: Get lost!
    They had a row and Fred told Jack to get lost.
    Jack did a good job of getting lost: nobody saw him for 4 years.