have on

have on
phrasal verb have on or have got on [transitive, never progressive]
Word forms "have on":
present tense I/you/we/they have on he/she/it has on present participle having on past tense had on past participle had on
1) have something on to be wearing particular clothes, shoes etc

Melissa had her new dress on.

I couldn't see properly. I didn't have my glasses on.

have nothing on (= be wearing no clothes):

Of course he was cold – he'd got practically nothing on.

2) have something on if you have the radio, television, heating etc on, you have switched it on and it is working

I can't talk to him while he's got the television on.

We haven't had the air conditioning on all summer.

3) have something on someone to have information about someone that shows they have done something dishonest or illegal

They haven't got anything on Marlowe, so they can't arrest him.

4) have something on to have arranged to do something at a particular time, so that you are not available to do anything else
have on for:

Do you have anything on for tomorrow afternoon?

5) be having someone on
British informal to be trying to make someone believe something that is not true, as a joke

He's having you on: don't take any notice of him.


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