Could you tell me what get this way mean? For example:

You lost your job, started smoking, become overweight. How did you get this way?

Is it used to ask what happened to someone?

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    Yes, in your context, get this way = become like this. In casual conversational contexts, native speakers use get a lot more than you'd find in written texts, and I did it this way is just an equally-valid alternative to I did it like this. May 18, 2020 at 16:24

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The verb 'get' (copulative) means 'to become'. e.g., He got angry. Don't get drunk tonight.

"This way" means 'thus' or 'like this'.

"How did you get this way?" = "How did you become like this?"

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