Is "Got the T-shirt" a common phrase"?

Here is a casual conversation that included this phrase: A: Long distance relationships. Do you have any advice? B: Been there, done that…A: Oh, then I came to the right person. B: Got the T-shirt. Is “Got the T-shirt” a common phrase"? Is it often used with " been there, done that." ? Thank you in advance. :slight_smile:

Yes, Yukiko, it is :slight_smile:

“Been there, done that” became popular in the 1980’s and a decade later, “got the T-shirt” was added making it: “Been there, done that and got the T-shirt” which is often printed on T-shirts too!

From the idea of getting a T-shirt at a tourist spot in order to show others that one has been to that spot.

It can be used with or without the “and” as in “Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.” To be honest, I tend to just say: “Been there, done that” and nothing more.

Here is a link explaining the origin:


“which is often printed on T-shirts too!”,+done+that,+got+the+T-shirt&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiPsMnXkvTOAhXJH5QKHWY7D6IQ_AUICCgB&biw=911&bih=445

Wow, it does look like this is a common phrase. Thanks, iaing!

Thank you so much, Maria! Just one more question : Could you explain “with no tag” in your reply?