feel of

a/the feel of (something)

A good sense of a situation or how to do something; substantial knowledge or experience in something. Once I have a feel of the company's daily operations, I'll be more comfortable in this management role. The new mayor seems to still be getting the feel for how to run a city. I have a feel for horses after working on a ranch for so many years.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*feel of something

Fig. a sense for how something feels when it is being used correctly. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I haven't yet got the feel of this bat. I hope I don't strike out. I can drive better now that I have the feel of this car's steering.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It was not the words but the push, the sense, the feel of his finger that haunted me as I walked back to my pew.