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Difference between Get a load of and Get a load on

get a load of something—(sl.)

1. listen to smth. carefully:

  • Did you get a load of what she said?

2. take a look at smth.; pay attention to smth.:

  • Get a load of that car. It’s got real wire wheels.

get a load on—(sl.) be drunk (also: get one’s load on):

  • I got a load on and had to have Jonas come down in a taxi and take me home.

Note: The expression is not antonymous in meaning to the phrase take a load off someone’s mind—relieve a person of anxiety:

  • You have taken a load off my mind. I was afraid that we couldn’t recoup the money we had loaned.