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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?
See also: get
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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?
See also: get
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