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be an item

British pronunciation/biː ɐn ˈaɪtəm/
American pronunciation/biː ɐn ˈaɪɾəm/
to be an item

to be in a relationship of romantic or sexual nature

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What is the origin of the idiom "be an item" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "be an item" is not definitively known, but it likely emerged in the early 20th century. The term "item" here refers to two people being considered as a single unit or entity. "be an item" is used to describe two individuals who are romantically involved or in a relationship. It implies that they are recognized and acknowledged as a couple. It is commonly used in informal conversations or when discussing relationships.

1They'll never be an item, but her and Zack like each other.
2This was a person who decided that this needed to be an item that existed in the real world.
3And for these producers of consumer products, getting you to still buy the product, but feel better about it because the packaging is less damaging for the environment, is a much, much better goal than you realizing that that may be an item that you don't need.
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