get a handle on

get a handle on (something)

To have a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. Go down to the circuit breaker and see if you can get a handle on what's causing the power outages. I'd gotten a pretty good handle on the concept after spending an hour with the tutor.
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get a handle on

see under get a fix on.
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What it tells people is that the city has failed for decades to get a handle on the gangs and the cultural and economic forces that perpetuate them.
There are some best practices that can help you get a handle on this fast growing and changing technology.