I came across the phrase "I've gotten over [tool] recently" in an article written by someone who had tested the tool. From the article's context, it seemed that the author was not particularly fond of the tool and that therefore the phrase means something like "I stopped using [tool] recently". Is that correct, or is there another meaning behind the phrase?

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    Am I the only person who read the title of this question and thought "That's not a very nice thing to say about your ex"?
    – MT_Head
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 17:57
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    @MT_Head: no. In fact, I really didn't understand what this was about at all until I read the answers (Ohhhh... X is software!) Really irritated me at first, but I got over it.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 22:12

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Without further context and using only the fact that the author was not particularly fond of the tool, it could mean one of the following.

(1) He liked it very much in the past but dislikes it now.

(2) He found it difficult to use but has mastered it now.

(3) He had a bad time using it but is not troubled by it now.

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    The latter suggestion akin to "getting over a problem" is very unlikely.
    – MrHen
    Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 19:24
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    This is completely wrong. For native English speakers, it is an extremely well-known and established figure of speech, which simply means "the initial wild attraction is over." Logos explains it.
    – Fattie
    Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 21:18
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    @Joe Blow: There must be a slightly less abrasive way to say that.
    – Kosmonaut
    Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 12:57
  • @Kosmo -- there might be the first or second time you say it ;-)
    – Fattie
    Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 13:01
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    @Joe Blow you really need to tone down your comments. I see more flags for your comments than anyone else's. Also, your declaration of Jasper's answer as completely wrong is, I'm afraid, incorrect. "To be over something" can refer to the cessation of many different kinds of strong feelings about something—revulsion, obsession, fear, interest, anger, sadness,—not just attraction—and without context, it's impossible to know which emotion has been gotten over.
    – nohat
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 15:50

A possible reading of the phrase "I've gotten over tool recently", is that the speaker was once very interested in tool, but has now lost interest in it. That he has gotten over it. A similar common usage would be, "I really loved jogging but I've gotten over it. It's too tiring".

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    +1 — This is certainly how I would read the original sentence. As I understand it, this usage of to get over derives from the first sense @kiamlaluno cites, to recover from an ailment or an upsetting or startling experience, via its frequent application to affairs of the heart: I was hopelessly in love with Cesario, but now I’ve gotten over him.
    – PLL
    Commented Feb 5, 2011 at 14:28
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    +1 here too, this is definitely the correct idiomatic reading.
    – Hellion
    Commented Feb 5, 2011 at 15:57
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    +1. What does "a native speaker more than you may think" mean? Are you a native speaker or not? Also, it would be "I am more of a native speaker than you think". So...don't answer questions in the future? Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 21:32
  • @Jasper - I hate assumptions, and I'm very sorry if I incorrectly assumed you are not a completely native speaker. (Not that there's anything wrong with not being a native English speaker.) But it is an incredibly straightforward, extremely well-known figure of speech. I'm sorry. Notice the eleven (!!!) votes for the correct answer. Also, I was not referring to only you, but also the other utterly incorrect answers. Very best.
    – Fattie
    Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 21:32
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    Given the context explained by the OP, this is probably the correct answer, but there are many different kinds of feelings that can be "gotten over", not just interest.
    – nohat
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 15:51

Original sentence: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/57627/msys-vs-cygwin

I've gotten over cygwin recently. There's a lot of impedance mismatch between cygwin and the native platform

I read that as the user of cygwin no longer is annoyed with the shortcomings but initially it sounded to me as he no longer use it and has gotten over that fact - perhaps we ask him? @AdamMitz


Looking at the NOAD, I found two different phrasal verbs.

  • to get over: to recover from an ailment or an upsetting or startling experience; to overcome a difficulty.
  • to get [something] over: to manage to communicate an idea or theory.

In the sentence you wrote (where tool is referring to a software tool), I would understand to get over as to overcome the difficulty to use the tool.

  • That's a reasonable assumption, but it's not the right one.
    – psmears
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 12:59

When someone "gets over something", it might mean that he or she is no longer affected by some event, or no longer gives a lot of thought or concern to something.

"She got over the breakup."

"She is over him."

Also, see T. Logos 's answer.

  • This is pretty much the same as what Jasper Loy wrote. This is not helpful. Commented Jul 9, 2011 at 7:04
  • I don't think it is, and since this is an answered question, I think this definition is a useful addition for anyone searching for a definition. Commented Jul 9, 2011 at 8:01
  • In fact, after reading over the other answers offered, I think t. logos and I (together) have defined the expression well. Commented Jul 9, 2011 at 8:06
  • It doesn't mean that it doesn't concern them any more (in the questioner's context) it means that they don't like it any more. There is a difference that your answer does not pick up on, nor does Jasper Loy's. T. Logo's does. Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 14:25

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