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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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The Catch my Drift project name reflects the reserve's origins, as it was once the East Chevington drift mine from 1882-1962 and an opencast coal site from 1982-1994.
Not that the dramatics haven't been entertaining but the storylines were more Bad Santa than Snow White if you catch my drift.
You pick up the girls and hit the party saying, tonight, it's all right' ndash if you catch my drift.
Spanning two decades, Catch My Drift follows mother and daughter through life changes big and small, and reveals that despite our shared experiences, we each live a private story.
Here is a list of some of the party boat businesses in our area: The Reward Fleet out of Bayside Marina in Miami, the Kelley Fleet next to Haulover Inlet, the Sea Leggs in Dania Beach, Catch My Drift in Ft.
She said: "Like most teenagers I have parts of my body that I really despise, one of those is my side profile (I know that's not really a part but u catch my drift).
A brilliant, invigorating (if you catch my drift) watercolor which depicts a part of the human female anatomy, it was expected to sell for only $20,000 to $30,000.
The type you need to do when surrounded by Pessimistic Patties, Negative Nellies and Downbeat Dannies, who find the bad in very good things ('I got a pay rise, I'll have to pay more tax now, won't I?' and 'Yeah, I know I'm going on holiday for a fortnight, but I'm going to have SO much washing when I get home.' You catch my drift).
OK, that doesn't exactly trip off the tongue, but you catch my drift.
"There are a few stories I couldn't even mention, if you catch my drift!" Joe, who has two daughters and four grandchildren who live nearby, said his family are very proud of him.
Catch my drift?" is theme of the Alaska Miners Association 2014 conference.
Do you catch my drift? A sideways glance at the sport...
This practice seems to occur with monotonous regularity ..." Catch my drift? If y'all could be a little more aware, that would be uber-cool.
Now it's altogether different: nothing integrated, all kind of cobbled together, (don't let him near your shoes!), just hanging there, or hanging in there, if you catch my drift.