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.
Reviewer Lucy Mangan wrote: "It's a feat of sorts, I suppose, to create something so morally and creatively bankrupt that your viewers would gain more insight into your case if they were to sit alone in a darkened room for 10 minutes to try to fathom the depths of parental anguish then, now and for the more than a decade in between."
It's hard to fathom the depths of depravity that drive an individual or inspire a group to commit such terrorist atrocities.
We cannot begin to fathom the depths of the problems that will ensue, but if the petulant inner children of the '60s generation are any indication, the zombie inner children of these girls will exact a bitter retribution on all of us.
When we try to fathom the depths of Mitt Romney's mind, we come up against a brick wall of deceit and lies.
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.
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.
Written in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, this book attempts to fathom the depths of consolation to be found in this beloved psalm.
Taking what in other hands might be a straightforward alien-visits-Earth tale, Charles Leavitt's script, based on Gene Brewer's first in a trilogy of novels, tries to turn science-fiction elements upside down as a New York shrink attempts to fathom the depths of a patient who claims to hail from distant planet K-PAX.
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.