(do) you read me?

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(do) you read me?

1. Of radio or other telecommunication, a question of whether the receiver can hear and understand the transmission. Bob, you read me? What is the situation from your position? A: "Air traffic control, do you read me? We have experienced a malfunction in one of our engines." B: "Copy that, pilot. We are monitoring your position."
2. By extension, a question of whether the listener understands what the speaker is saying or trying to convey. We need these delivered by 5 PM sharp, do you read me? Don't be late! I want you to pay a visit to our pal Lenny and "take care of him." Make sure he can never testify in court, you read me?
See also: read
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do you read me

Do you understand me? For example, I'm sick of all these meetings-do you read me? This phrase originally applied to messages received by radio or telephone. [c. 1930]
See also: read
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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