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 bet by now you are getting the drift of my enquiry-because as late as 10 October 2012, the Daily Telegraph was reporting that: "Dr John Sentamu was a strong contender to take over as the global head of the Anglican church ..." This came amid claims that church leaders were in 'deadlock' and could take months to nominate a new Archbishop of Canterbury.
Trainer Roger Charlton said: "In the circumstances, he ran very well and I think he's now getting the drift of what's required at this level.
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