fathom the depths of (something)

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fathom the depths of (something)

To explore or penetrate the deepest, core meaning or nature of something. The movie hardly fathoms the depths of the human condition, but it's an entertaining picture nonetheless. You really have to fathom the depths of your own imagination to get the most out of reading her latest novel.
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But the most skillful physiognomists, those divers into the soul, on fixing their looks upon it, if it had been possible for a subject to sustain the glance of the king, -- the most skillful physiognomists, we say, would never have been able to fathom the depths of that abyss of mildness.
We cannot begin to fathom the depths of the problems that will ensue, but if the petulant inner children of the '60s generation are any indication, the zombie inner children of these girls will exact a bitter retribution on all of us.
History is full of misconceptions and half-truths, but we earnestly hope that this honourable Commission will fathom the depths of what this country really had to go through, and that for the first time those who plotted to topple a legal government will be brought to justice before they can try again.
Once inside viewers will fathom the depths and the state of mind that governed him while abroad.
FOR those of us who are enthusiastic but only slightly dysfunctional gamblers, it can be hard to fathom the depths other people - the truly unhinged - will plumb in pursuit of their habit.
As adults, it may be hard to fathom the depths of despair, isolation and insecurity that children can sink to in the pressure-cooker environment of today's schools.
Written in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, this book attempts to fathom the depths of consolation to be found in this beloved psalm.
It will be many years, if ever, before Kolbe can even begin to fathom the depths of the love of the woman who wept as she held him, only moments after his birth.
Science empowers us by explaining our capability to fathom the depths of the universe, thereby adding to the dignity and self-worth of humankind.