expression by the speaker that whatever topic is under discussion has already been personally experienced
- Been to hell and back
been to hell and back verb phrase To have survived an ordeal or trouble: been to hell and back with the kids
- Been to the wars
Show signs of rough treatment or injury, as in That car of yours looks as though it’s been to the wars. This term dates from the late 1300s, when, however, it tended to be used literally. The figurative usage is more recent.
noun (pl) -tos a person who has resided in Britain, esp during part of his or her education adjective of, relating to, or characteristic of such a person
a short, relatively high-pitched tone produced by a horn, electronic device, or the like as a signal, summons, or warning. one of the periodic signals sounded by a beeper. to make or emit such a sound: When the timer beeps, take the cake out of the oven. to sound (a horn, warning signal, etc.): impatient […]