get/have a handle on

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Definition of get/have a handle on

informal
: to understand and be able to deal with (something) I can't quite get a handle on the way this machine works. It seemed like she had a good handle on the situation.

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“Get/have a handle on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/get%2Fhave%20a%20handle%20on. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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