get a grip on
get a grip on (oneself)
To control one's reactions or emotions, especially during or after a stressful situation. After losing her job, Jill needed to calm down and get a grip on herself in order to drive home safely. You're not going to be able to think clearly until you get a grip on yourself.
get a grip on (something)
1. Literally, to secure a strong physical hold on something. We've got to remove that bolt, so get a grip on the wrench and turn it as hard as you can!
2. To get control over something. The government is finally getting a grip on the economy following the turbulence caused by the financial crisis.
3. To have a newfound understanding of a topic or concept. I don't know how I'm going to get a grip on all this material before my final exam. I might need to hire a tutor!
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get a grip on
Also, have a grip on. Obtain mastery or control over something or someone. For example, Get a grip on yourself or the reporters will give you a hard time, or, as Arthur Conan Doyle put it in Sherlock Holmes (1894): "I have a grip on the essential facts of the case." This expression transfers a firm physical hold to emotional or intellectual control. [Late 1800s]
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