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It was this situation that someone keeps going on about himself, like where's hes' been to, what are his extraordinary life events have been, all sorts of basically boring and dull stuffs.

In this situation, I heard someone say "Everyone else is getting lazy at it."

What does it mean?

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  • More context is needed to interpret this. Without that, one cannot say just what was meant. I suspect it was an ironic comment which was not to be taken literally. Aug 6, 2019 at 16:37
  • Are you sure you heard this from a native speaker? It looks to me like a non-native speaker's failure to correctly replicate Everyone else is getting tired of it (they're bored of listening to this bore). And or something to do with everyone's eyes glaze over (they cease to pay attention). Aug 6, 2019 at 17:24
  • Oh right I think i got it wrong. I watched this clip (youtube.com/…) and made some modifications, based on what I understood they say in the video. At the beginning of the clip (at around 0:05), they say "they're getting lazy at it." I'm sorry for a confusion.
    – Jin
    Aug 6, 2019 at 17:45

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An idiom you can use:

to be getting [x] at [something].

He is getting good at lying. He is getting good at it. it=lying

They are getting lazy at it. They are getting lazy at playing tennis.

to get [good, lazy, quick, etc.] is the first part of the idiom which means: to become good, lazy or quick

at should be followed by a verb phrase and that verb phrase, if the context is known, can become simply it.

  • I think I am getting good at explaining these idioms.
  • I think I am getting good at it.
  • But I may soon get lazy at it. [explaining these idioms]

[The last examples are a joke used to make my point.]

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  • Oh that was what it 'literally' means! Didn't know that. I thought there's any established idiom/expression like "getting lazy at sth" Thanks!
    – Jin
    Aug 6, 2019 at 16:51
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    @Jin It is not just lazy. The adjective can be changed: They are getting good at cooking. **They are getting bad at traveling.".
    – Lambie
    Aug 6, 2019 at 16:54
  • I get your point. So, in this situation that I described above, can I substitute 'lazy' with 'bored'? ; Like "Everyone else is getting bored."
    – Jin
    Aug 6, 2019 at 17:01
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    @Jin With bored, the preposition would need to be by: I am getting bored by it. However, to maintain the actual idiom (which that would not), it's possible (albeit a bit unusual) to say I am getting boring at it. Aug 6, 2019 at 17:14

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