How to say "get lost" in German

“How do you say ‘get lost’ in German?” is a frequent question often asked by those who want to know some swearwords. But there is a little more to “get lost”. So, this blog post comes in three parts.

Part one covers phrases to use when you are lost.
Part two has lots of phrases and idioms which can be a mild or rude way to tell somebody to get lost, depending on the tone.
Part three contains a few vulgar swearwords. So, if you don’t like reading them – no matter in which language – please stop reading before you get to part three.

How to say ‘to get lost’

How to tell somebody – politely – to get lost

If you feel like telling somebody to get lost, but don’t wish to be impolite, you might use of of the following options (which imply more like ‘please go away’):

The following idioms or colloquial sayings are still relatively harmless to use, especially when said with a smiling face. But please note that they all use the informal you (the 1st sentence is for singular you, the 2nd for plural) and should not be used when you’re using the formal you. Also bear in mind, that the effect of all these phrases depends on the tone. Said with a smiling  face it’s the ‘I enjoy your company but could do with you going now’ meaning. Said with an angry face, these phrases tell the other person that you are really fed up and want them to get lost without resorting to a vulgar phrase.

How to tell people to get lost, when you don’t care anymore whether you’re polite or not (please stop reading here if swearwords offend you) Again only for the infomal you (singular and plural)

Unlike other posts I won’t challenge you to use one of these in the coming week. But you’ll never know when they might come in useful …


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  1. I’ve made a note of these very useful German phrases in my German vocabulary book!! My favourite is Rutsch mir den Buckel runter! – Nuts to you! 🤭

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