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get a handle on someone

Slang definitions & phrases for get a handle on someone

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+)

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+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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