get/have a handle on

Definition of get/have a handle on

informal

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. :  a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

handleplay
  1. :  a part that is designed especially to be grasped by the hand

    :  something that resembles a handle

    :  title

  1. :  to try or examine (as by touching, feeling, or moving) with the hand

    :  to manage with the hands

    :  to deal with in writing or speaking or in the plastic arts


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