I've got to see my GP about vaccinations for my trip.

It's a sentence written by a British English native speaker.

  1. Is it grammatically correct or it's just brachylogy?
  2. Is "to see sb about sth" a common expression or it's only used in a medical context? Can I say e.g. "I need to see my mum about Crimbo" (meaning "I need to see and talk to her about organising Christmas")?
  3. Is it likely to be said by non-British English native speakers?
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    You may be interested in this: see a man about a dog
    – JMB
    Jan 23, 2021 at 13:41
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    A number of (presumably, American) writers have used [I'll have to] see the president about that, so it's obviously not peculiar to the British. Jan 23, 2021 at 13:43
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    It's a very common usage. I too immediately thought of see a man about a dog. Jan 23, 2021 at 13:45
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    But one (now rather dated) usage that probably is peculiarly British is I've got to see a man about a dog (I need to go to the lavatory). Where Americans would say I need to go to the bathroom (regardless of whether there's even a tap in the toilet, let alone a bath! :) Jan 23, 2021 at 13:47
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    @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica - I'm leaving now and I don't want to say why. Jan 23, 2021 at 13:56

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This is a common expression. It is certainly said by native speakers, at least in the UK. This Ngram search helps one to see the far-reaching scope of the expression.

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