join the club

idiom
variants: also welcome to the club
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of join the club

informal
said to indicate that the problems or feelings someone is having are problems or feelings that the speaker has had
  • If you don't understand the rules, join the club: no one else does either!
often used to suggest that a person's problems or feelings are not unusual and do not deserve much sympathy
  • So you think you deserve to be paid more money for your work? Well, join the club.

Word by Word Definitions

join play
  1. : to put or bring together so as to form a unit

  2. : to connect (separated items, such as points) by a line

  3. : to put or bring into close association or relationship

  1. : something that joins two things : a place or line where joining occurs : joint

  2. : union

club play
  1. : a heavy usually tapering staff especially of wood wielded as a weapon

  2. : a stick or bat used to hit a ball in any of various games

  3. : something resembling a club

  1. : to beat or strike with or as if with a club

  2. : to gather into a club-shaped mass

  3. : to unite or combine for a common cause


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