get (one's) drift
To understand the meaning, insinuation, or implication of what one is saying. All I'm saying is that I won't be very sad if she breaks up with her boyfriend, if you get my drift. A: "I want him taken care of—he's become too much of a liability." B: "I think I get your drift."
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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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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).
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