This context comes from the movie "Midnight Run". It's a scene where one of the characters uncuffs the other.

"Thanks, 'cause it's starting to cut into my wrists. Thank you. It gets the skin after a while."

  1. to hit, strike, or wound: The bullet got him in the leg.(Random House Kernerman Webster's)

d. To annoy or irritate: What got me was his utter lack of initiative.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language)

The second example seems to refer to a person's emotions although skin can also be irritated.

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Yes, in this example "gets" means "irritates". The words "get" and "gets" are used in many senses, it is perhaps one of the most flexible words in English, after "Be".

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