Get a grip on



Also, have a grip on. Obtain mastery or control over something or someone. For example, Get a grip on yourself or the reporters will give you a hard time, or, as Arthur Conan Doyle put it in Sherlock Holmes (1894): “I have a grip on the essential facts of the case.” This expression transfers a firm physical hold to emotional or intellectual control. [ Late 1800s ]

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    verb phrase To begin to understand someone; have a clue as to someone’s character, behavior, etc: That’s right. I can’t get a handle on him (1972+) verb phrase To find a way of coping; discover how to proceed: Sometimes I think I haven’t got a handle on things anymore/ They’ve just got to get a […]



  • Get a handle on something

    verb phrase To find a way of coping; discover how to proceed: Sometimes I think I haven’t got a handle on things anymore/ They’ve just got to get a handle on this thing (1972+)

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