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pronoun, nominative it, possessive its or (Obsolete or Dialect) it, objective it; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.

noun

(in children's games) the player called upon to perform some task, as, in tag, the one who must catch the other players.
Slang.
  1. sex appeal.
  2. sexual intercourse.

Idioms

    get with it, Slang. to become active or interested: He was warned to get with it or resign.
    have it, Informal.
    1. to love someone: She really has it bad for him.
    2. to possess the requisite abilities for something; be talented, adept, or proficient: In this business youeither have it or you don't.
    with it, Slang.
    1. aware of the latest fads, fashions, etc.; up-to-date.
    2. attentive or alert: I'm just not with it early in the morning.
    3. understanding or appreciative of something, as jazz.
    4. Carnival Slang.being a member of the carnival.

Origin of it

1
before 900; Middle English, variant of Middle English, Old English hit, neuter of he1

Usage note

See me.
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British Dictionary definitions for have it

IT

abbreviation for

information technology

it

1

pronoun (subjective or objective)

refers to a nonhuman, animal, plant, or inanimate thing, or sometimes to a small babyit looks dangerous; give it a bone
refers to an unspecified or implied antecedent or to a previous or understood clause, phrase, etcit is impossible; I knew it
used to represent human life or experience either in totality or in respect of the present situationhow's it going?; I've had it; to brazen it out
used as a formal subject (or object), referring to a following clause, phrase, or wordit helps to know the truth; I consider it dangerous to go on
used in the nominative as the formal grammatical subject of impersonal verbs. When it functions absolutely in such sentences, not referring to any previous or following clause or phrase, the context is nearly always a description of the environment or of some physical sensationit is raining; it hurts
(used as complement with be) informal the crucial or ultimate pointthe steering failed and I thought that was it

noun

(in children's games) the player whose turn it is to try to touch anotherCompare he 1 (def. 5b)
informal
  1. sexual intercourse
  2. sex appeal
informal a desirable quality or abilityhe's really got it

Word Origin for it

Old English hit

it

2

the internet domain name for

Italy
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Word Origin and History for have it

it

pron.

Old English hit, neuter nominative and accusative of third person singular pronoun, from Proto-Germanic demonstrative base *khi- (cf. Old Frisian hit, Dutch het, Gothic hita "it"), from PIE *ko- "this" (see he). Used in place of any neuter noun, hence, as gender faded in Middle English, it took on the meaning "thing or animal spoken about before."

The h- was lost due to being in an unemphasized position, as in modern speech the h- in "give it to him," "ask her," "is only heard in the careful speech of the partially educated" [Weekley]. It "the sex act" is from 1610s; meaning "sex appeal (especially in a woman)" first attested 1904 in works of Rudyard Kipling, popularized 1927 as title of a book by Elinor Glyn, and by application of It Girl to silent-film star Clara Bow (1905-1965). In children's games, meaning "the one who must tag the others" is attested from 1842.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with have it

have it

1

Receive or learn something, as in I have it on the best authority that he's running again. [Late 1600s]

2

Possess a solution, understand, as in Is this the new phone number? Do I have it straight? or I think I have it now. [Mid-1800s]

3

Take it, as in There's some ice cream left; go ahead and have it. This usage is always put as an imperative. [Second half of 1300s]

4

Have the victory, win, as in We've counted the votes and the nays have it. The related expressions have it over someone or have it all over someone mean “to be superior to someone.” For example, Jane has it all over Mary when it comes to reading aloud. [Early 1900s]

5

let someone have it. Give a beating, scolding, or punishment. For example, When she gets home Dad will let her have it. [Mid-1800s]

6

have it off. Have sexual intercourse, as in The two dogs were having it off in the backyard. [Colloquial; early 1900s] Also see the subsequent idioms beginning with have it; not have it.

it

In addition to the idioms beginning with it

  • it figures
  • it never rains but it pours
  • it stands to reason
  • it takes all sorts
  • it takes getting used to
  • it takes one to know one
  • it takes two to tango

also see:

  • that does it
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