See you later
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see you (later)
Goodbye (for now); see you again soon. OK, I've got to go—see you later! See you, man. I had a really great time.
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See you laterand CUL8R
sent. & comp. abb. I will see you later. (see also L8TR. Common colloquial. Also said to people one knows one will never see again.) Have a great trip, Mary. See you later. Bye. CUL8R.
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see you later
Goodbye. This somewhat loose phrase—one need not necessarily intend to see a person in the future—dates from the latter part of the nineteenth century and has been widely adopted as a farewell. Children play on it with the rhyming See you later, alligator, sometimes adding on in a while, crocodile. These rhyming plays were popularized in a song, “See You Later, Alligator," by R. C. Guidry, sung in the film Rock around the Clock (1956). The telephone equivalent, used to end a conversation, is Talk to you later, a more recent phrase that is similarly widespread.
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