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an elephant never forgets

One remembers everything. A play on the idea that elephants have great memories. I don't think we can pick up where we were before you betrayed me because an elephant never forgets! I would be hesitant to cross him—he's a dangerous man, and an elephant never forgets.
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forget about (someone or something)

1. To not think about or fail to remember someone or something. Don't forget about us after you've become a big shot out in LA! This traffic jam is awful! I forgot about the work they were doing to the road. Forget about snowshoes, you'd need a snowmobile to get up to that part of the mountain.
2. To not expect someone or something (to work, happen, or do something). The roads are so narrow in this neighborhood—forget about driving your big truck in here! Forget about Sarah, she couldn't lead the team if her life depended on it.
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forget (about) it

1. Do not mention, ask, or talk about it. A: "Thank you again for your help yesterday." B: "Forget it, I was happy to lend a hand." Their wedding ceremony was already a bit weird, but the reception? Forget about it! You can forget about it if you think we're getting out of here before sundown.
2. Do not expect something (to work or happen). If it's a pay raise you're looking for, you can just forget about it. Forget it, there's no way we could get up there without better equipment.
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Forget (about) it!

1. Inf. Drop the subject!; Never mind!; Don't bother me with it. Jane: Then, there's this matter of the unpaid bills. Bill: Forget it! You'll have to pay them all! Sally: What's this I hear about you and Tom? Sue: Forget about it! I don't want to talk to you about it.
2. Inf. Nothing. Sue: What did you say? Mary: Forget it! Tom: Now I'm ready to go. Sue: Excuse me? Tom: Oh, nothing. Just forget it.
3. Inf. You're welcome.; It was nothing. John: Thank you so much for helping me! Bill: Oh, forget it!' Bob: We're all very grateful to you for coming into work today on your day off. Mary: Forget about it! No problem!
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forget about someone or something

1. to put someone or something out of one's mind. Don't forget about me! You ought to forget about all that.
2. to fail to remember something at the appropriate time. She forgot about paying the electric bill until the lights were turned off. She forgot about the children and they were left standing on the corner.
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forget one's manners

to do something ill-mannered. Jimmy! Have we forgotten our manners?
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forget oneself

to forget one's manners or training. (Said in formal situations in reference to belching, bad table manners, and, in the case of very young children, pants-wetting.) Sorry, Mother, I forgot myself. John, we are going out to dinner tonight. Please don't forget yourself.
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Forget you!

Sl. Drop dead!; Beat it! Oh, yeah! Forget you! Forget you! Get a life!
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Forgive and forget.

Prov. You should not only forgive people for hurting you, you should also forget that they ever hurt you. When my sister lost my favorite book, I was angry at her for weeks, but my mother finally convinced me to forgive and forget. Jane: Are you going to invite Sam to your party? Sue: No way. Last year he laughed at my new skirt. Jane: Come on, Sue, forgive and forget.
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Remember to write,

 and Don't forget to write. 
1. Lit. a final parting comment made to remind someone going on a journey to write to those remaining at home. Alice: Bye. Mary: Good-bye, Alice. Remember to write. Alice: I will. Bye. Sally: Remember to write! Fred: I will!
2. Fig. a parting comment made to someone in place of a regular good-bye. (Jocular.) John: See you tomorrow. Bye. Jane: See you. Remember to write. John: Okay. See you after lunch. Jane: Yeah. Bye. Remember to write.
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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]
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forget oneself

Lose one's reserve, temper, or self-restraint; do or say something out of keeping with one's position or character. For example, A teacher should never forget herself and shout at the class. Shakespeare used it in Richard II (3:2): "I had forgot myself: am I not king?" [Late 1500s]
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forgive and forget

Both pardon and hold no resentment concerning a past event. For example, After Meg and Mary decided to forgive and forget their differences, they became good friends . This phrase dates from the 1300s and was a proverb by the mid-1500s. For a synonym, see let bygones be bygones.
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Forget it!

1. exclam. Never mind, it wasn’t important! I had an objection, but just forget it!
2. exclam. Never mind, it was no trouble at all! No trouble at all. Forget it!
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Forget you!

exclam. Drop dead!; Beat it! (Possibly euphemistic for Fuck you!) Forget you! Get a life!
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forget (oneself)

To lose one's reserve, temper, or self-restraint.
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So, too, in the Hebrew scriptures the prophets are always scolding the ancient Israelites for conveniently forgetting their own humble origins as slaves and aliens, their covenantal duties to widows, orphans, and strangers.
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After they reach their destination, 40 per cent of the 2,000 questioned admitted forgetting suncream and getting burnt in the past year.
According to a study by the National Lottery, 37% of folk in the region admit that forgetting something has cost them money with three-quarters having lost up to pounds 100.
We have a terrible habit of forgetting in this country,'' said Quinton, who served in Korea, an action often called the forgotten war.
A fitting memorial to the victims of that murderous illusion must perhaps include a certain blurring of the Holocaust's distinctness, even a forgetting of its specialness, so that we will be unable to ignore our closeness to it.
As a result, we tend to think of forgiveness as a merely private act between two individuals, the cancellation of a bad debt, the forgetting of some private grievance.
His findings establish for the first time that forgetting can be gradual and continuous for many years after learning, particularly if there was limited, intermittent exposure to the learned material, reports Larry R.
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Washington, May 10 ( ANI ): Although we know that forgetting is normal, exactly how we forget-the molecular, cellular, and brain circuit mechanisms underlying the process-is poorly understood.