have been there

have been there

To have done or experienced something before. Don't worry so much about failing a test, we've all been there.
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have been there

INFORMAL
If someone tells you about an experience or a situation and you say that you have been there, you mean that you have had the same experience yourself. He admitted he had a problem and wanted to work on it, and we said, `Look, we've all been there, probably worse than you have, so if you want some help we'll help you.'
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Some of the inhabitants have been there for a hundred years.