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have a (good/solid/sound/etc.) grasp of/on (something)

To have a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. I hope everyone has a solid grasp of the material, as you'll be tested on it next week. I thought I had a pretty good grasp on English idioms, but I don't understand this one at all!
See also: grasp, have, of, on, solid, sound

get a (good/solid/sound/etc.) grasp of/on (something)

To attain a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. You will need to get a solid grasp of the material, as you'll all be tested on it next week. I'm trying to get a grasp on English, but I don't understand some of these idioms at all!
See also: get, grasp, of, on, solid, sound

be (as) solid as a rock

To be stable, sturdy, and reliable. They've been married for 50 years, so their relationship has to be solid as a rock. That table must be as solid as a rock to withstand the ceiling collapse with hardly a scratch.
See also: rock, solid

*solid as a rock

Cliché very solid; dependable. (*Also: as ~.) Jean has been lifting weights every day, and her arm muscles are solid as a rock. This company has always built power tools that are as solid as a rock.
See also: rock, solid

(as) solid as a ˈrock

extremely solid and reliable: The Irish team were solid as a rock in defence. ▶ ˌrock-ˈsolid adj.: The company has a rock-solid reputation.
See also: rock, solid


1. mod. good; great; cool. Listen to that solid beat.
2. mod. consecutive; consecutively. Then he “had the flu” for three days solid.
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The United States military has been distributing leaflets this week seeking his release and according to CBS NEWS, threatening to target Afgan civilians if the solider is not released.
It's all pretty comical, of course, but we admit: We enjoy it, just the way we once worshipped Achilles, Buffalo Bill, Sergeant York, and Benny Friedman--"the greatest Greek warrior, cowboy, solider, and forward passer of all-time.
One solider said: 'We're supposed to be peacekeepers.
THE first Scots solider to be killed in Iraq died because his armoured vehicle broke down just days into the campaign.
It describes the hardships of learning to live in the bush as a solider, and the anguish of observing the growing mistrust among the freedom fighters as new groups join and those among them labelled as 'enemy spies' disappear.
When the solider and his squad reach their target, a Vietnamese village, he is surprised that the enemy is "A brown woman with rivers of age etched deeply into her face.
This method produces prototypes from what is called a Solider machine.
High tides typically minimize the strip of exposed land a solider must cross.
In the much cited instance of the Paris Match cover showing a black solider giving the French salute, for example, the generation describes a benevolent colonialism in which all subjects, white and black, are loyal; but it also has the retroactive effect of emptying out the initial relation of signifier and signified in the photograph of the soldier by turning the image into nothing but an example of a universal law: "All of France's subjects are loyal; you see
recently enlisted two more service bureaus for its Solider 5600 "solid-ground-curing" system, which builds models from layers of uv-cured, liquid photopolymers (see PT, Jan.
VHI was recognized by MT2 in 2005 for leading the industry in innovation through the creation of America's Army game content and technology, the America's Army Convoy Skills Engagement Trainer, TRADOC Future Solider Training System, and Special Forces Adaptive Thinking and Leadership application.
The number of Tunisian soldiers killed has increased to three after another solider injured from last Wednesday has died after clashes in the same area, the spokesman added.
One army solider also died as a result of enemies' firing, the statement said, adding that the army personnel defused 24 landmines in addition to seizing several rounds of weapons and ammunition within the same period.
Soon after the blast, the officials of the political administration and Aman Committee rushed on the spot and shifted the injured solider to DHQ, Khar.
THE whole world is appalled at the brutal murder of a British solider on a London street.