From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhave on1WEAR CLOTHES have (got) something on to be wearing a piece of clothing or type of clothingHe had his best suit on.Jimmy had nothing on but his socks.2USE/CONSUME have (got) the TV/radio/washing machine etc on if you have your television, radio etc on, you have switched it on and it is workingBillie has the radio on all day long.3JOKING/NOT SERIOUS be having somebody on especially British English to be trying to make someone believe something that is not true, especially as a jokeDon’t believe a word he says. He’s having you on!4BUSY/HAVE A LOT TO DO have (got) something on British English to have arranged to do something, go somewhere etc, especially when this means you cannot do something elseSorry, I can’t help you this weekend – I’ve got too much on already.5KNOW something have (got) something on somebody to know about something bad that someone has doneWhat do the police have on him?6WORSE have (got) nothing on somebody/something informal to not be nearly as good as someone or something elseRock ‘n’ roll has got nothing on these African rhythms. →have→ See Verb table
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have on• Could you read this for me? I don't have my glasses on.• That's Jenny Salton over there; she has a blue dress on.• "What was she wearing?" "I think she had on a darksuit."• Why do you always have the TV on so loud?had nothing on• She went to the stove, though she had nothing on.• Samson had nothing on Ayrton down at the barbers.• Old MaGracehad nothing on the lass from Junagadh.• The libraryhad nothing on the shelves but the floor was littered with volumes open and lying face down.• Halley had nothing on these Fox guys.• It was delightfully obvious that she had nothing on under her dress but her palepeachyskin.• From that momentPollyannahad nothing on us: we always had something to be glad about.• You had nothing on you, and a reasonablestory.be having somebody on• All this is having an effect onadvertisers.• New technologyis having an impact onaerialphotography in different ways.• Our 1985-6 pilotstudysuggested that coordinatorswere having to take on more roles than they could cope with.• Gary Johnson to an array of liberals, and they are having an impact on public opinion.• At any rate Joan and I were having no problems on that score.• Once again, it appears that the nature of the availableremediesis having some effect on the character of the diagnosis.• Once again, Orlando is having trouble winning on the road.• Carlisle Flintare having problems on the testcircuit.have (got) something on• The company has undergone an extensive reorganization since then, so the numbers have changed.• We have been on a very high state of alert.• Indeed an inquiry of this sort should not, in my view, have been conducted onadversarial lines at all.• Maybe DesertStorm should have gone on at least to Basrah, if not indeed to Baghdad.• Expatriates should also take into account any fees that they will have to pay onbuying a home.• All we have to go on is what other societies do.• Readers of the FinancialTimes will have noted reports on the forming of major and powerfulconsortia.• It's thought around 70 travellershave been living on the site for several weeks.have (got) something on somebody• The company has undergone an extensive reorganization since then, so the numbers have changed.• We have been on a very high state of alert.• Indeed an inquiry of this sort should not, in my view, have been conducted on adversarial lines at all.• Maybe Desert Storm should have gone on at least to Basrah, if not indeed to Baghdad.• Expatriates should also take into account any fees that they will have to pay on buying a home.• All we have to go on is what other societies do.• Readers of the Financial Times will have noted reports on the forming of major and powerful consortia.• It's thought around 70 travellers have been living on the site for several weeks.have (got) nothing on somebody/something• He realized she must have nothing on.• Where that girl is concerned I have nothing on my conscience.• When it comes to conniving, deceptive control freaks, ex-boyfriends have nothing onrecord companies.• Another time she seemed to have nothing on under a grassskirt as she danced on a mirrored floor.• She seemed to have nothing onunderneath, which made the wheel in my stomachbehave in an entirely crazyfashion.