get a load of something/someone

get a load of (someone or something)

1. To observe, inspect, or look at someone or something of interest. Get a load of George over there. That dude knows how to dress! You'll stop doubting me once you get a load of how big her truck is.
2. Listen to what I'm about to say; listen to this. Always used as an imperative. Get a load of this—someone in the next town over won the lottery last week!
See also: get, load, of
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get a load of something/someone

Look at/listen to that. This slangy verbal phrase dates from the 1920s. It is often put as an imperative to call attention to something or someone, as in “Get a load of this!” (Edmund Wilson, The Twenties, 1929). It is also put straightforwardly, as in “Just wait till Jane gets a load of your new car.”
See also: get, load, of, someone, something
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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