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  • Get a life is an American English idiom. Used as a command, the phrase generally instructs its addressee to go out and make their way in the world, without being supported by outside sources such as parents or benefactors. It may also be directed at someone who is perceived as boring or single-minded, to suggest they acquire some other interests or hobbies. Some believe the term was popularized by William Shatner's appearance in a 1987 episode of Saturday Night Live, in which he tells a group of trekkies to "get a life." However, evidence of the term's use in the vernacular extends at least back into the 1970's, perhaps as part of a mainstream backlash against hippies.
  • Get A Life was a TV show starring Chris Elliott
  • Get A Life is an album recorded by punk group Stiff Little Fingers.
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