Get a handle on someone



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 handle on this thing (1972+)

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  • 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+)

  • Get a head start

    see: head start



  • Get a hinge at

    verb phrase To look at; glance at: I only write you letters instead of getting a hinge at your kisser/ a fast hinge at the sodden courtyard [1930s+; perhaps fr the action of turning the head, as if on a hinge]

  • Get a hump on

    verb phrase To speed up; hurry; get busy; get a move on: Get a hump on with that assignment, OK? (1890s+)



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