"I feel for that" I keep hearing this phrase all around. I wonder what it means.

Can anyone elaborate?

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    By the way, I think you mean "elaborate", not "collaborate"...
    – user3169
    Commented Apr 26, 2014 at 22:18

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I think what you are hearing is the slightly longer phrase: "I feel for that NOUN", which is a variant of I feel for NP:

I feel for [him].
I feel for [John]. I feel for [the parents].
I feel for [anybody who has to eat her cooking].
I feel for [that guy who had his house swallowed by a sinkhole].
I feel for [that poor SOB in Minnesota].

Feel for expresses your sympathy for the object of for: you feel sympathy or grief or dismay for that person or those people.

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