get the memo

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get the memo (third-person singular simple present gets the memo, present participle getting the memo, simple past got the memo, past participle got the memo or gotten the memo)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see get,‎ memo.
  2. To receive an item of information.
  3. (informal) To be aware of the current state of affairs.
    He hadn't gotten the memo that there were too many strip malls.
    Didn't you get the memo about gasoline prices?

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  • Often used in the negative.