forget it


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forget (about) it

(spoken)
1. do not even ask about it People point at our car when we drive down the road, and when we stop somewhere, forget about it. I enjoyed dinner, but as for the party, well, forget it!
Usage notes: used to say that something was so extreme it would be impossible to describe it, and sometimes humorously spelled fuggedaboutit to show how it is said
2. do not think or worry about it Want to have it all? Forget it! It can't be done. One editor's attitude was, if you understood all of it, fine, and if not, forget about it.
See also: forget

forget it

Overlook it, it's not important; you're quite mistaken. This colloquial imperative is used in a variety of ways. For example, in Thanks so much for helping-Forget it, it was nothing, it is a substitute for "don't mention it" or you're welcome; in Stop counting the change-forget it! it means "stop doing something unimportant" in You think assembling this swingset was easy-forget it! it means "it was not at all easy"; and in Forget it-you'll never understand this theorem it means that the possibility of your understanding it is hopeless. [c. 1900]
See also: forget