I was reading a novel and found that in the situation when A had a phone call, B was standing next to him and asking him repeatedly, "Is it C?", A tried to wave B off, but B said

"I'm not over it."

and kept bothering A.

I wonder what does the phrase "I'm not over it" mean? Thanks.

FYI, here's the excerpt from the fiction:

Tony fumbles opening the phone. "Hello?"

The person on the other end clears their throat. "Is this Tony Stark?"

"Yeah," Tony answers, then swallows. He tries to shoo Peter away, but the kid doesn't take the hint so he stands up instead.


"Steve?" Tony replies. He sounds like an idiot.

"That's him?" Peter calls. "I'm not over it."

Tony waves Peter off but there's only silence on the other end of the line.

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    It's probably better to include an excerpt of the novel that's related to that particular scene in the question. I think the meaning will become quite clear if we know what A meant by "it". Commented May 11, 2016 at 6:30

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I found the definition of "over it" as follows:

1) The expression of a loss of interest in something or someone. (e.g., I thought that Bud Light was great beer when I started drinking, but now I'm over it.)

2) The indication that a negative event is no longer bothersome to someone. (e.g., I suffered for days after she broke up with me, but I'm over it now.)

In that context, it could be that B is still not finished with asking A and figuring out if the person who A is on the phone with is C or not. B still wants to know if it is C. Or it might be that there was some event (probably something unpleasant) that happened between B and C which A also knows about before this phone call, and B still has a problem with that event. I don't know the story, so I'm just assuming though...

  • I guess the first case makes more sense in my situation. Can I take that as "if you don't tell me if it is C, i will keep bothering you"?
    – anniex
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 6:17
  • Since you're telling me the first case seems to make more sense, yes. If that's the case, that's how I would take it.
    – Mikiko
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 6:31

In you passage

I'm not over it.

has the possible meaning that something is still bothering the speaker and possibly blocking or holding back his progression through life, possibly something unresolved.

Sometimes in such a situation a friend may say

I know it's tough, but you've got to get over it.
you need to let go and continue your life

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