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What is "to be had"?

Posted by R. Berg on September 04, 2003

In Reply to: WHat is "to be had"? posted by Bob on September 04, 2003

: : Hi all,
: : I can not figure out the meaning of this expression.
: : Can anyone help me?

: "I've been had" is colloquial for "I have been deceived" or "I have been cheated."

When what is to be had is a thing, not a person, "to be had"means "available." Rings are to be had at a jewelry store. Used clothing is to be had at a flea market.