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I have got your back


Today’s idiom is one that I have heard quite often recently. It is the expression to have got someone’s back. Used informally, this English phrase means to support, look out for or protect someone. For example:

Child: I am afraid. I don’t know what I am going to do with my life.
Mother: Don’t worry. I have got your back.

When the mother says she has
got her child’s back, she is saying that, if anything goes wrong, she will be there to help and support her child. Often, instead of I have got your back, people also say I got your back.

You can learn a lot of new English idioms in the following short video of US President Barack Obama making a speech on a 2011 visit to Australia. In this speech, he intentionally uses some informal Australian idioms such as
to give it a burl (= to try/attempt something), a chinwag (an informal talk) or earbashing (angry criticism), just to name a few. In reference to Australian-American relations, the American President also says we have got each other’s backs, which means we always look out for and support each other.

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