In a hostage situation, a police officer says

We don't need the FBI here. We got this.

What does "We got this" mean? Could it mean "We got this thing under control"?

  • It's slangy / colloquial: We have got control of this [situation]. Commented Mar 19, 2021 at 15:33

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Yes, you got it right, though I'd say "we have this thing under control".

The verb 'to get' is very flexible, I'm struggling to find an equivalent definition for this in a dictionary. But this usage is fairly common.

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