get the drift of (something)

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get the drift of (something)

To understand the general meaning of some situation or piece of information. Since I don't have time at work to read news articles in full, I usually just read a daily news recap to get the drift of what's going on in the world. I was so tired that I couldn't focus on the boss's speech during the meeting, but I think I got the drift of what he was saying.
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get the drift of something

Fig. to understand the general idea of something. I knew enough German to get the drift of this article. I don't get the drift of what you're trying to tell me.
See also: drift, get, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"I think she sort of gets the drift of what's going on, and I think she feels very protective of Britney."
Lump all three captions together and one gets the drift of what Earl Manners, the vitriolic president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, said in his keynote address to his union's leadership meeting on August 24.