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What does "get" mean here?

Some definitions are as follows, but is not easy to find the meaning of 'get' here.

  1. get = become

You use get with adjectives to mean `become'. For example, if someone gets cold, they become cold, and if they get angry, they become angry.

  1. get = start being

Get is used with expressions referring to states or situations. For example, to get into trouble means to start being in trouble.

  1. get= to cause

To get someone or something into a particular state or situation means to cause them to be in it.

  1. get = to cause sb to do sth If you get someone to do something, you cause them to do it by asking, persuading, or telling them to do it.

  2. get = to cause sb to move there

To get something or someone into a place or position means to cause them to move there.

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    It's an example of a very informal/colloquial English expression. In the example "You get" means "There are". See the definition here
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Aug 9, 2023 at 10:10

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"get" in this context means that there are such people, and that you will run into them at least from time to time. It's idiomatic.

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