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get a handle on something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishget a handle on somethingget a handle on somethingUNDERSTANDto start to understand a situation, subject etc It’s difficult to get a handle on how widespread this problem is. handle
Examples from the Corpus
get a handle on somethingAt least they have a handle on what caused the power failure.Sun had difficulty getting a handle on the actual yield situation because week-to-week data on the silicon lots varied, Gadre said.From these activities they really get a handle on where I want them to go.Daily at five or six a. m. Mr Sammler woke up in Manhattan and tried to get a handle on the situation.You figure you've got a handle on all but the most aberrant human behaviour.
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