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Meaning of IGYB


What Does IGYB Mean?

IGYB means "I've Got Your Back". The abbreviation IGYB is a way of letting someone know that you will look out for them, support them and try to keep them safe.

The phrase "I've Got Your Back" is thought to have originated in the US military during World War II, when military personnel provided cover for each other in life-threatening situations.
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Definition for IGYB

IGYB means "I've Got Your Back". This is the most common definition for IGYB on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about IGYB:

IGYB
Definition:I've Got Your Back
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write IGYB, I mean this:

meaning of IGYB
IGYB means I'm here for you.
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Examples of IGYB in Sentences

Here are examples of IGYB being used in conversations:
  • Chris: Can you cover me if I nip outside for a cigarette?
  • Sadie: Okay, IGYB.
  • Andy: I'm not sure I'm going to be able to handle this pitch today.
  • Marcel: Don't worry. IGYB.

An Academic Look at IGYB

IGYB is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Gee Why Bee), but as this is harder to say than "I've Got Your Back", it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation IGYB is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "I'll Be Watching Out For You", "I'll Look After You", or even "I've Got Your Back" instead of using IGYB.

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Using IGYB on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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