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get the knack of

To learn how to do something competently or well after a certain period of practice or development. Wow, you're really getting the knack of playing piano! I've been seeing a tutor to help me with my math homework, and I think I'm starting to get the knack of it.
See also: get, knack, of

have (got) a knack for (something)

To be exceptionally proficient at (doing) something. I don't know what it is, but David just has a knack for getting under my skin. Jenny's got a real knack for the piano.
See also: have, knack

knick-knack

Any miscellaneous trinket or toy, especially one that is delicate or dainty. I loved visiting my grandmother when I was a child and examining all the various knick-knacks she'd collected around the house.
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A chance meeting, a service rendered, a happy phrase, a knack of facetious mimicry, and a man's career might be made in a trice.
But doors and listeners have a knack of getting together; and, in my line of life, we cultivate a healthy taste for the open air.
At last he had declared that he would become a Painter; partly because he had always had an idle knack that way, and partly to grieve the souls of the Barnacles-in-chief who had not provided for him.
His hat was stuck on the top of his head so lightly, that it threatened to fall off every moment--and would have done so, very often, if the wearer had not had a knack of every now and then giving his head a sudden twitch, which brought it back to its old place again.
Knack, forensic research assistant at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.
Instead, Knack plays out as one of the most rote brawlers in recent memory.
Knack Marketing will spearhead its operations in the two cities, as the STB continues to put up its presence and engage in South India.
He said: "He is getting quite a knack for arriving in the box unnoticed and taking advantage of defenders who have switched off.
Summary: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a developed a knack of creating history as he led India to its first Test match win in New Zealand after 33 years.
Michael Owen, Kev Phillips - they have just got the knack of being in the right place at the right time.
The Knack is a slim flip phone with an ergonomic design that is perfect for customers who want a handset with simple features and functionality.
THE KNACK Get The Knack/ But The Little Girls Understand (Beat Goes On)
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Writing with impeccable scholarship and a genuine knack for storytelling, Professor Pritchard has created a seminal work that is confidently recommended reading for both academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in turtles, tortoises, and a scientific life of adventure, discovery, and accomplishment.
Most professionals have a knack of predicting whether certain plays are likely to be profitable - it comes from years of playing and an advanced level of mental agility.