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been there, done that, bought the T-shirt

A jocular, sarcastic, or condescending expression of familiarity and/or boredom with a certain situation or thing. Refers to buying a T-shirt as a souvenir from a tourist destination as a memento. Oh, you're going to Paris this summer? Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt.
See also: been, bought, done

been there, done that, got the T-shirt

A jocular, sarcastic, or condescending expression of familiarity and/or boredom with a certain situation or thing. Refers to buying a T-shirt as a souvenir from a tourist destination as a memento. Oh, you're going to Paris this summer? Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.
See also: been, done

eat (one's) shirt

1. To face the repercussion of being incorrect after one's claim, boast, or assertion is refuted; to eat one's words. The member of parliament will have to eat his shirt for his claim that no new taxes would be introduced this year. You'll be eating your shirt if this new engine isn't as fast as you say it is.
2. To take a loss on a wasted or unfruitful investment. I ended up having to eat my shirt on the cost of the lumber for the new shed after it was ruined by the rain.
See also: eat, shirt

get (one's) shirt out

To become angry or make one angry. I'd steer clear of the boss today, if I were you—something in the meeting got his shirt out, and now, he's yelling at everyone he sees. Can you please be patient and not get your shirt out so easily?
See also: get, out, shirt

hair shirt

1. An uncomfortable garment made of coarse hair or other material worn against the skin. Used in some religious rituals as punishment or penance. In ancient times, men would wear a hair shirt as a sign of repentance to their deity for wrongs they had done.
2. By extension, something a person does to intentionally make an aspect of his or her life uncomfortable or unpleasant, often as a form of penance. I understand that you are sorry for your actions, but there is no need to wear a hair shirt because of it. All is forgiven. A: "Why aren't you eating dessert?" B: "Oh, it's my punishment—my hair shirt, if you will—for blowing off my schoolwork this week."
See also: hair, shirt

shirt-lifter

An offensive term for a homosexual male. Mary was furious at Jason for referring to her gay friend as a shirt-lifter.

give someone the shirt off one's back

Fig. to give anything that is asked for, no matter the sacrifice required. Tom would give any of his old army buddies the shirt off his back. You can always count on Mark when you're in trouble; he'd give you the shirt off his back.
See also: back, give, off, shirt

keep one's shirt on

 and keep one's pants on
Fig. to be patient. Wait a minute! Keep your shirt on! Keep your pants on! I'll be with you in a minute.
See also: keep, on, shirt

Keep your shirt on!

 and Keep your pants on!
Inf. Just wait a minute! I'll be right with you. Keep your shirt on! Keep your pants on! You're next.
See also: keep, shirt

lose one's shirt

Fig. to lose a lot of money; to lose all of one's assets (as if one had even lost one's shirt). I almost lost my shirt on that deal. I have to invest more wisely. No, I can't loan you $200. I just lost my shirt at the racetrack.
See also: lose, shirt

keep your shirt on

to stay calm The meeting may be pretty unpleasant, so promise me you'll keep your shirt on.
Related vocabulary: keep your cool
See also: keep, on, shirt

lose your shirt

to lose all the money you put into something I lost my shirt because I didn't know anything about publishing at the time.
Usage notes: usually said about money that was invested
See also: lose, shirt

a hair shirt

if someone wears a hair shirt, they choose to make their life unpleasant by not having or experiencing anything that gives them pleasure I don't think you have to put on a hair shirt in order to be a socialist.
See also: hair, shirt

Keep your shirt on!

  (British, American & Australian informal) also Keep your hair on! (British & Australian informal)
a slightly impolite way of telling someone who is angry to try to be calm and patient Keep your shirt on! I'll be with you in a second.
See also: keep, shirt

have/take the shirt off somebody's back

to take so much of someone's money, for instance as a payment or punishment, that it is not fair and may cause them difficulties Watch out for those landlords - they'll have the shirt off your back.
See also: back, have, off, shirt

put your shirt on something

  (British & Australian)
to risk all your money on something because you are sure you will win I put my shirt on the last race and lost everything. (British, American & Australian)
See also: on, put, shirt

would give you the shirt off their back

  (informal)
if someone would give you the shirt off their back, they are extremely generous Karen's not well off, but she'd give you the shirt off her back.
See Keep shirt on!
See also: back, give, off, shirt

a shirt-lifter

  (British & Australian informal)
an offensive way of referring to a man who is homosexual (= sexually attracted to other men) He was taunted by a chorus of adolescent gay haters shouting 'shirt-lifter!'.

a stuffed shirt

someone, especially a man, who behaves in a formal, old-fashioned way and thinks they are very important I knew he was a banker and expensively educated so I was expecting him to be a stuffed shirt.
See also: shirt, stuff

give the shirt off one's back

Give anything and everything one possesses. For example, Tom is truly generous-he'll give you the shirt off his back. This hyperbolic idiom was first recorded in 1771.
See also: back, give, off, shirt

hair shirt

A self-imposed punishment or penance, as in I apologized a dozen times-do you want me to wear a hair shirt forever? This term, mentioned from the 13th century on, alludes to wearing a coarse, scratchy hair shirt, the practice of religious ascetics. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1800s.
See also: hair, shirt

keep one's shirt on

Stay calm, be patient; not give way to temper or excitement. For example, Keep your shirt on, Bob, they'll be here in time for the wedding. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
See also: keep, on, shirt

lose one's shirt

Face financial ruin, go bankrupt, as in He lost his shirt in the last recession. This expression implies one has lost even one's shirt. [Early 1900s]
See also: lose, shirt

stuffed shirt

An overly formal or pompous person, as in She's such a stuffed shirt that I'm surprised you'd invite her to a barbecue. This expression alludes to a shirt filled with paper (instead of a real person). [c. 1900]
See also: shirt, stuff

Been there, done that (got the T-shirt)

and BTDT(GTS)
phr. & comp. abb. I’ve been through all this before. BTDTGTS. I need some other suggestions.
See also: been, done

Keep your shirt on!

and Keep your pants on!
exclam. Just wait a minute!; Don’t be in a rush. (Possibly said as if to avoid a fight, for which one removes one’s shirt. That is, Let’s not rush into a big argument or fight; wait a minute. The expressions are old and in very wide use, too wide to suggest a reference to sexual urgency.) I’ll be right with you. Keep your shirt on! We’ll be there in a minute! Keep your pants on!
See also: keep, shirt

lose one’s shirt

tv. to go broke; to lose everything of value, even one’s shirt. I lost my shirt on that bank deal.
See also: lose, shirt

stuffed shirt

n. a dull and stuffy person, usually a male. Mr. Wilson is a stuffed shirt, and people would tell him so if he didn’t have so much money.
See also: shirt, stuff

keep (one's) shirt on

Slang
To remain calm or patient: The plane doesn't land for another hour, so keep your shirt on.
See also: keep, on, shirt

lose (one's) shirt

Slang
To lose everything one has or owns.
See also: lose, shirt

the shirt off (one's) back

Slang
The maximum one is able to give or lose: The only thing those swindlers didn't take was the shirt off my back.
See also: back, off, shirt

hair shirt

A self-imposed act of atonement. The wearing of shirts made of unprocessed animal hair or a rough cloth next to the skin dates back to biblical days. The purpose of such an uncomfortable garment was as an expression of faith, a constant reminder that the wearer's sinful flesh was inconsequential compared to a commitment to God. Some members of the nobility wore hair shirts to compensate for the luxury with which they surrounded themselves. Although such mortification of the flesh is rare these days, “hair shirt” survives as a metaphor for self-imposed penitence. A basketball player who takes cold showers for the next month as penance after missing what would have been a game-winning shot has chosen to wear, as it were, a liquid hair shirt.
See also: hair, shirt
References in classic literature ?
Tom, you didn't have to undo your shirt collar where I sewed it, to pump on your head, did you?
asked the tinker, giving his hand another turn in my shirt, to hold me more securely.
She had no rest now till she had found out where the King guarded the reel, and then she made some little white shirts, and, as she had learnt from her witch-mother, sewed an enchantment in each of them.
They stripped me of the shirt and cloak that I was wearing, and gave me instead the tattered old clouts in which you now see me; then, towards nightfall, they reached the tilled lands of Ithaca, and there they bound me with a strong rope fast in the ship, while they went on shore to get supper by the sea side.
From all I had heard and read, I was satisfied my neighbor was a Yankee shirt, both from his curiosity and from his abrupt manner of asking questions; still I was at a loss to know the meaning of the word BOSS, my clairvoyance being totally at fault.
One man, older than the others present, suddenly pushed forward with a scared and angry look and wanted to seize hold of Dolokhov's shirt.
Yes, sir; Miss Grey has been as kind as read me a chapter; an' now she's helping me with a shirt for our Bill--but I'm feared she'll be cold there.
Wingrave was lying a few yards off, with a small red stain upon his shirt front.
There now, either a lazy woman or a dead one has not taken her clothes down before the holiday,' remarked Nikita, looking at the fluttering shirts.
Joe watched, with bulging eyes, a few shirts and several changes of underclothes come out of the box, followed by books, and more books.
Above the left eyebrow was a wound--a deep gash from which blood had flowed, covering the whole left side of the face and neck and saturating the light-gray shirt.
From the sandspit the way led out through the Golden Gate to the vastness of adventure of all the world, where battles would be fought, not for old shirts and over stolen salmon boats, but for high purposes and romantic ends.
Then did the famous warrior arise beside his shield, hard under helmet he bare the sword- shirt, under the cliffs of stone, he trusted in the strength of one man; nor is such an expedition for a coward.
He pulled off his shirt, tying the sleeves and making a bag.
That poor man certainly deserves it; for, after all, isn't he in his shirt sleeves because he was good enough to buy a book for me?