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What does "be through a lot" mean? Is it a common expression?

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Rebecca

To have "been through a lot" comes from the expression, to "go through" something. To "go through" something in this context means to experience a difficult or a hard time. This is a common expression that is used whenever someone is dealing or has dealt with a difficult situation. Ex: She went through a lot once her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Ex: The kids had been through a lot before they were adopted. Ex: I don't know everything he's been through but I know he's had a hard life.

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