General Writing and Grammar Help/GET behind - LEAVE behind

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Dear Ted:

Please consider the following two sentences:

1) 14 Nude Selfies We Can Totally GET Behind.

2) 14 Nude Selfies We Can Totally LEAVE Behind.

If they are both correct, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use "GET behind" and when should I use "LEAVE behind"?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

1) 14 Nude Selfies We Can Totally GET Behind.

2) 14 Nude Selfies We Can Totally LEAVE Behind.

If they are both correct, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use "GET behind" and when should I use "LEAVE behind"?

*** They have opposite meanings.

GET BEHIND -- fully support someone or something

Let's get behind Donald Trump for President!

The students rose up against the school's administrators and got behind the teacher who was fired.

LEAVE BEHIND -- omit; ignore; go against

The school's principal asked the students to leave behind their bitterness and support his plans instead.

John didn't want his younger brother to go with him, so John left his brother behind.


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