What does "get" mean in the following quotation?

Here’s what you’ve got to do with your worries: drive them into a small corner. Whatever is out to get you, you’ve got to get it. Whatever is pushing on you, you’ve got to push back.

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    Generally, if you're trying to define a word, we ask that you show what work you've done to find the answer yourself. I know that "get" has a lot of definitions but I know for certain that this definition should be in just about any dictionary. Please check a dictionary!
    – Catija
    Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 22:29
  • See also, "What's the difference between 'hunt' and 'hunt down'?"
    – Jasper
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 2:37

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I can see where this meaning of get might be difficult to find.

It means to grab, to seize, to take hold of, often with some nefarious intention.

Young children who have nightmares are often afraid that a monster is going to get them.

I dropped my car keys down the storm drain. Do you have any kind of magnetic tool that would help me to get them?

To be out to get someone means to be trying to get them; getting the person is your goal or intention.

So the advice in that passage is, "turn the tables, reverse the situation". If something is trying to seize hold of you, don't act defensively; instead, go on the offensive, and go after it.

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