get a handle on

get a handle on something

to understand something We need to get a handle on what caused the fire and what can be done to prevent another one.
See also: get, handle, on

get a handle on something

  (informal)
to find a way to understand a situation in order to control it We need to get a better handle on the effects of climate change.
See fly off the handle, handle with kid gloves
See also: get, handle, on

get a handle on

see under get a fix on.
See also: get, handle, 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.