get the message


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get the message

To understand the real meaning of what someone is trying to communicate. OK, I get the message. I'll start looking for somewhere else to stay. I just stopped texting her back, and she eventually got the message.
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get the message

Also, get the picture. Understand or infer the real import or substance of something. For example, He gestured to the waiter, who got the message and brought the bill, or Kate got the picture and decided to keep her mouth shut about the error. [Mid-1900s] Also see get it.
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get the message

COMMON If someone gets the message, they understand what you are trying to tell them, either directly or indirectly. `I'm not interested in talking about the weather, Whitlock.' `OK, I get the message.' `I have a lot to do today,' said Laura. Richard, getting the message, said goodbye.
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get the message

infer an implication from a remark or action. informal
1993 Isidore Okpewho Tides I think he got the message, because he flashed me a look from the corner of his eye.
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get the ˈmessage

(British English, informal) understand what somebody means, even if they do not say it directly: She said she was too busy to see me — I got the message, and didn’t ask her again.
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Evan Lipstein of the HyLine Safety Company, a provider of photoluminescent markers, said, "It might be the smaller building owners in the end who didn't get the message for one reason or another.
Sometimes you can correct a dancer, but they don't get the message," Schorer says.
To play in front of anyone is great, but to play in front of people who don't speak the language - and they still get the message - is better.
Another reason that many executives don't get the message is that they don't understand the driving role IT is playing in this transformation.
This conference provides us with another way to get the message out about the importance of our cutting-edge technology," said Mike Korodi, VP sales & marketing at PTSC.