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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?

 and Get the picture?
Inf. Do you understand?; Are you able to figure out what is meant? (See also (Do you) get my drift?) Things are tough around here, and we need everyone's cooperation. Get the picture? We don't need lazy people around here. Get 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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Get the message?

and Get the picture?
interrog. Do you understand?; Are you able to figure out what is meant? How many times do I have to tell you? Do you get the message? Things are tough around here, and we need everyone’s cooperation. Get the picture?
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A major proportion of human beings in general have no trouble in talking but a lot of us could use some help in getting our message across effectively, especially in business related dealings where not being able to get the message across effectively could result in catastrophic results.
Most people only have to experience Cain's brand of persuasion once to get the message, but Michael is either brave or stupid when he continues to see Debbie, having been warned off.
When crisis strikes, the communication challenge major organizations face isn't just what to tell their people, but also how to get the message through to them.
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."
But agencies and clients have been able to get around this over the years by developing "educational" tools to get the message out about a particular product.
He added: "Now the letter itself was pointing out how the message sometimes gets diverted by other things in the press and what it was saying was that what we've got to do is watch that, make clear we get the message over."
"Sometimes you can correct a dancer, but they don't get the message," Schorer says.