have/take/get someone's measure

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of have/take/get someone's measure

chiefly British
: to have or get a good understanding about what is needed to defeat or deal with (someone one is competing against)
  • She failed to take her opponent's measure.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

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

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

measure play
  1. : an adequate or due portion

  2. : a moderate degree

  3. : a fixed or suitable limit : bounds

  1. : to choose or control with cautious restraint : regulate

  2. : to regulate by a standard : govern

  3. : to allot or apportion in measured amounts


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