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catch the drift

To understand the general meaning of some situation or piece of information. Since I don't have time at work to read news articles in full, I usually just read their blurbs online to catch the drift of what's going on in the world. I was so tired that I couldn't focus on the boss's speech during the meeting, but I think I caught the drift of what he was saying.
See also: catch, drift

get the drift

To understand the general meaning of some situation or piece of information. Since I don't have time at work to read news articles in full, I usually just read a daily news recap to get the drift of what's going on in the world. I was so tired that I couldn't focus on the boss's speech during the meeting, but I think I got the drift of what he was saying.
See also: drift, get

get someone's drift

Fig. to understand what someone is saying or implying. (Akin to if you get my drift.) I don't want to hear anymore about her or you. Do you get my drift?
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get the drift

Also, catch the drift. Understand the general meaning or purport. For example, I didn't get the drift-do they want to go or not? or Over all the noise he barely managed to catch the drift of their conversation. The noun drift has been used for "purport" since the early 1500s.
See also: drift, get

catch/get somebody’s/the drift

(informal) understand the general meaning of what somebody says or writes: Do you catch my drift?My German isn’t very good, but I got the drift of what he said.He wasn’t the sort of boy you’d introduce to your mother, if you get my drift (= I have not told you all the details, but I am sure you can understand what I mean).
See also: catch, drift, get
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OK, that doesn't exactly trip off the tongue but you catch my drift.
OK, that doesn't exactly trip off the tongue, but you catch my drift.
just hanging there, or hanging in there, if you catch my drift.
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Santorum is more popular among evangelical voters in the southern Bible Belt, which pretty much tells you all you need to know, if you catch my drift.
After all, my dogs read my body language and mood better than a wife of 35 years--they don't need a sermon to catch my drift.
That's a 37% chance of forgetting I'm a vegetarian, if you catch my drift.
In my schooldays I remember girls talking about going to clubs at the weekends and the adventures they had after the clubs had closed; the older the guy the better - if you catch my drift.
There was machine-gun fire all around us, and mortars were exploding a little too close to the hotel, if you catch my drift.
Hell of a tennis player, but not the coldest ball in the fridge, if you catch my drift.
The 20 minutes after I wake up and the 20 minutes before I fall asleep, when I "amuse myself," if you catch my drift.
Dense yet substantive, Someone to Catch My Drift tells the story of Nikai Parker, a sharp tongued, 20-something and her relationship with Robert, a fireman with a roving eye.