catch the drift

catch the drift

To understand the general meaning of some situation or piece of information. Since I don't have time at work to read news articles in full, I usually just read their blurbs online to catch the drift of what's going on in the world. I was so tired that I couldn't focus on the boss's speech during the meeting, but I think I caught the drift of what he was saying.
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CATCH THE DRIFT High in the Canadian Rockies, Emerald Lake Lodge won't provide you with email, cell service, or in-room TV.
You had to be a fly on the wall at recent packed houses at Johannesburg's Market Theatre for the staging of MacBeki: a Farce to be Reckoned With to catch the drift of how the societal cauldron bubbled as South Africa's satirists got to grips with the current crop of politicians in the run-up to the general elections.
Bana's Henry VIII is not seen nearly enough and it's only thanks to his performance we catch the drift of his personality.
We were now nearly at half time and credit Moseley for their ability to catch the drift.
Sayings like "Can you 'ear me, mother" and "I won't take me coat off, I'm not stopping" were funny to us because they were so unfunny, if you catch the drift.
Even thrown off the ship and thrown up by a fish, Jonah can't seem to catch the drift of the prophet business.
CATCH THE DRIFT The Wild West goes glam at the new Ranch at Rock Creek, about 1 1/4 hours southeast of Missoula.