fathom the depths of (something)

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fathom the depths of (something)

To explore or penetrate the deepest, core meaning or nature of something. The movie hardly fathoms the depths of the human condition, but it's an entertaining picture nonetheless. You really have to fathom the depths of your own imagination to get the most out of reading her latest novel.
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But the most skillful physiognomists, those divers into the soul, on fixing their looks upon it, if it had been possible for a subject to sustain the glance of the king, -- the most skillful physiognomists, we say, would never have been able to fathom the depths of that abyss of mildness.
It will be many years, if ever, before Kolbe can even begin to fathom the depths of the love of the woman who wept as she held him, only moments after his birth.
Science empowers us by explaining our capability to fathom the depths of the universe, thereby adding to the dignity and self-worth of humankind.
Dancers like Stiefel and Paloma Herrera, with whom he danced his first Swan Lake, need serious coaching if they are to fathom the depths of these ballets.
Written in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, this book attempts to fathom the depths of consolation to be found in this beloved psalm.
As adults, it may be hard to fathom the depths of despair, isolation and insecurity that children can sink to in the pressure-cooker environment of today's schools.
History is full of misconceptions and half-truths, but we earnestly hope that this honourable Commission will fathom the depths of what this country really had to go through, and that for the first time those who plotted to topple a legal government will be brought to justice before they can try again.