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    get a picture?

    I hear this phrase quite frequently, but I'm not sure how to react.

    I know that "get a picture" means "did you understand" etc.

    Normally contexts look like it: Blablabla I was like blablabla, he was like blabla, anyway, I don't give a d*mn, get a picture?".

    First of all, this phrase doesn't sound as "did you get a picture" I mean it's an affirmative sentence. Is it OK for spoken English?
    Secondly, do you say it? Or I should have grown up in a black neighbourhood. (I don't know how to write it in a polite way).
    Eventually, is it offensive phrase? If I translate it to Russian it sounds quite offensive to me. What's about English?

    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: get a picture?

    The colloquial phrase 'Get the picture?' means 'Do/did you understand?'

    I don't see any connection with growing up in a black neighbourhood and it's not offensive.

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