get something out of your system

get (something) out of (one's) system

1. Literally, to allow one's body to process and expel something harmful or discomforting that one has ingested. You'll probably feel better once you get that dodgy curry out of your system. Sorry, I'm still really groggy. I'll be more alert when I get this medication out of my system.
2. To do something so that one no longer has the desire to do it anymore. I got drinking and partying out of my system during college. I'm ready for a quieter life now. He's been talking about skydiving for so long, I'm just glad he's finally going to get it out of his system.
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get something out of your system

COMMON If you get something out of your system, you say or do something that you have been wanting to for a long time, and so you begin to feel less worried or angry about it. Whatever you're feeling, when you talk about it, it gets it out of your system. If something awful happens to you at least you can write about it. I'm sure that helps to get it out of your system.
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