get (one's) arms around (something)

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get (one's) arms around (something)

To understand something that is challenging or confusing. It took a while, but I've finally gotten my arms around this chapter in my calculus textbook.
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This is revolutionary, and if you don't have the data, you can't get your arms around that challenge; and we're getting our arms around the data.