get (one's) head around (something)

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get (one's) head around (something)

To understand something that is challenging or confusing. It took a while, but I've finally gotten my head around this chapter in my calculus textbook. Wait, you two are dating now? It's going to take a little while for me to get my head around that!
See also: around, get, head

get your head around something

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get your head round something

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you get your head around a fact or an idea, you succeed in understanding it or accepting it. It's hard to get your head round figures this big. At first I was ridiculed because people simply could not get their head around what I was telling them. Note: In American and British English you can also say that you get your mind around something or in British English that you get your mind round something. This is less informal than get your head around something. MacGregor quickly got his mind round complicated issues.
See also: around, get, head, something

get your head round (or around) something

understand or come to terms with something. informal
See also: get, head, round, something

get your ˈhead round something

(British English, informal) understand something difficult, often with a lot of effort: The plan is so complicated — I’m still trying to get my head round it.
See also: get, head, round, something
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I am definitely getting my head around how to ride it a little bit better and I have a different mindset this year.
Robbie said: "I am getting my head around that silver medal more and more, thinking: 'If I wasn't in that team, it might not have been a silver medal that evening.
I am still getting my head around it, my young daughter already knows more than me.
I'm having no small difficulty getting my head around that lot
And as he zoomed into the automatic Ryder Cup selection places, Wood said: "To have even a chance of qualifying is amazing and it's something I need to start getting my head around.
Just as I am getting my head around the latest must-have app or game or must-see YouTuber, discussed it with other parents, looked at it myself, checked how age-appropriate it is, they are on to the next big thing.
But his own songs sound so apparently inseparable from his delivery that the idea of another singer covering his compositions is something I have had trouble getting my head around.
But I'm getting my head around it now and the Cup Final is a welcome distraction.
I could start getting my head around being out of action for four months.
I only started getting my head around it towards the end.
I was getting my head around the play-offs because somebody on the pitch said it was 2-1 to Watford so I was devastated, but just trying to get my head around it.
The teenage GCSE student admits it still hasn't sunk in; "It doesn't feel like it's really happened, I'm still getting my head around it
I'm having trouble getting my head around the slightly disturbing thought of F1 attendees putting their hands in the air and waving 'em like they just don't care for Eminem.
I think it is just getting my head around how important it is and how much of an honour it is to be chosen.