get/have/take the measure of somebody

get the measure of (someone or something)

To understand or know someone or something well and use that knowledge accordingly; to have an accurate conception of someone or something. I've gotten the measure of the students, and I just don't think that topic will hold their interest at an assembly.
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have the measure of (someone or something)

To understand or know someone or something well and use that knowledge accordingly; to have an accurate conception of someone or something. I have the measure of the students, and I just don't think that topic will hold their interest at an assembly.
See also: have, measure, of

take the measure of (someone or something)

To evaluate someone or something; to judge the qualities of someone or something. Every year I have an informal day of classes so I have a chance to take the measure of my kids.
See also: measure, of, take

get (or take or have) the measure of

assess or have assessed the character, nature, or abilities of someone or something.
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get/have/take the ˈmeasure of somebody

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get/have/take somebody’s ˈmeasure

(formal) form an opinion about somebody’s character or abilities so that you can deal with them: The champion soon had the measure of his young opponent.
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