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have a (good/solid/sound/etc.) grasp of/on (something)

To have a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. I hope everyone has a solid grasp of the material, as you'll be tested on it next week. I thought I had a pretty good grasp on English idioms, but I don't understand this one at all!
See also: grasp, have, of, on, solid, sound

get a (good/solid/sound/etc.) grasp of/on (something)

To attain a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. You will need to get a solid grasp of the material, as you'll all be tested on it next week. I'm trying to get a grasp on English, but I don't understand some of these idioms at all!
See also: get, grasp, of, on, solid, sound

be (as) solid as a rock

To be stable, sturdy, and reliable. They've been married for 50 years, so their relationship has to be solid as a rock. That table must be as solid as a rock to withstand the ceiling collapse with hardly a scratch.
See also: rock, solid

*solid as a rock

Cliché very solid; dependable. (*Also: as ~.) Jean has been lifting weights every day, and her arm muscles are solid as a rock. This company has always built power tools that are as solid as a rock.
See also: rock, solid

(as) solid as a ˈrock

extremely solid and reliable: The Irish team were solid as a rock in defence. ▶ ˌrock-ˈsolid adj.: The company has a rock-solid reputation.
See also: rock, solid


1. mod. good; great; cool. Listen to that solid beat.
2. mod. consecutive; consecutively. Then he “had the flu” for three days solid.
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Our language works best when we speak about everyday things, although we all have experienced the way even the solidest object or common word can seem to dissolve under close scrutiny.
While the events that transpire in this Italy are ultimately mysterious, their existence confirms a downward spiral in civic ethics and government after the Middle Ages, in which the solidest authority is the Catholic Church.
For Beaumont knew the market as Wordsworth did not, and Poems in Two Volumes received the worst reviews of Wordsworth's career--which is saying a lot, even though critical posterity has often opined that these two volumes are perhaps the solidest single production of his active career.
Genre, as Davenport says, is an "approximation" and so the genres that are self-described in prologues or parodied (as romance can be defined by Sir Thopas) are taken as the most convincing guide and Chaucer's self-declarations in the Canterbury Tales of the various genres are taken as the solidest account of genre types; therefore, a survey of the Canterbury Tales is a survey of medieval narrative genre.
The End of the Affair, recipient of the Catholic Literary Award in the USA, was banned in late 1951, prompting a Department of Justice official to question the severity of the censorship and argue that it would be 'better that a number of doubtful books should be allowed to circulate, in order to ensure that no book will be banned except on the solidest grounds'.
Brakhage's discussion of Frampton's film included a reference to its last shot as "the solidest Document of filmmaker's END I've ever seen [.