see you later, alligator

See you later, alligator is simply another way of saying goodbye to someone. It is usually followed by after a while, crocodile and originated from a childrens rhyming song where they often say this to other children as a fun way to say goodbye to each other but to make a point that they will be seeing each other again soon. Many people shorten it simply to see you later, alligator and forgo the rest of the phrase.